REMBAU – Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today declared open what he hailed as the best Tamil school in the country in terms of modern design and boasting the latest teaching and learning facilities.
He also announced that the school, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Ladang Bukit Bertam, had been renamed SJKT Bandar Sri Sendayan.
The school and the land on which it stands cost RM17 million, he said, adding that the entire project was developed for free by property developer, education enabler and community builder Matrix Concepts.
Najib also praised Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan for his effort in seeking the developer’s help in putting up the school.
“The menteri besar knows the needs of the Indian community … they want two things – schools and temples, the other things are bonuses,” he said at the launch.
Besides Mohamad, MIC president and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam; Rembau MP and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, deputy education ministers Datuk P. Kamalanathan and Datuk Chong Sin Woon and state executive councillors were present at the event.
SJKT Bandar Sri Sendayan, built on 2.428ha, is equipped with a state-of-the-art library with a garden within; an auditorium, a counselling room, a pre-school, a computer lab and classrooms painted in different colours to provide the right ambiance for the learning process.
SJKT Bandar Sri Sendayan was first built in 1951 in Linggi, also in Negri Sembilan, as a wooden building 34 feet by 21 feet with one classroom to accommodate 47 pupils and one teacher.
In 1978, a new building was put up on 0.101ha with two classrooms to accommodate 30 pupils. The school was relocated to Bandar Sri Sendayan in 2017, and was erected on 2.428 hectares with 12 classrooms for 162 pupils and 14 teachers.
Najib, in his speech, also said that the Barisan Nasional government had never marginalised any community because it was a party that was inclusive, just and progressive in nature
“This is the way of the BN. I assume that what’s being done in Negri Sembilan is in line with what I am doing as BN chairman and prime minister,” he said.
The Prime Minister also expressed his happiness over the reception he was accorded at the event.
Dr Subramaniam, in his speech, said the Indian community had received various benefits, including huge allocations for Tamil schools amounting to RM1 billion, since 2012 compared to the aid under a prime minister who had administered for 22 years.
“Tamil schools have undergone a facelift. In Negeri Sembilan, RM45 million has been spent to upgrade Tamil schools. This proves our commitment to SJKT and this process will continue.
“As for the teaching and learning process, we have seen a significant improvement in Tamil schools,” he said and hailed SJKT Bandar Sri Sendayan as the best and most beautiful among Tamil schools.