Monday, 13 February 2012

为何还有“一对一”学校拨款方式? // Why “One to One” school-grant formula is still used?

The recent case highlighted by the Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament Hiew King Cheu on the Ranau SJK (c) Pai Wen who was given a grant based on a “One Ringgit to One Ringgit” system as a government grant to help the school development projects had received much attention and created a ‘talk of the town’ especially in the Ranau District.


最近亚庇国会议员邱庆洲获悉政府以一令吉对一令吉方式拨款给兰瑙培文小学兴建多元礼堂。 这事件备受兰瑙各界的关注。

邱国会议员以前一直都有参与学校的发展计划,并曾任学校董事,也曾担任学校建校委员会要职,校友会主席,家教协会主席等职位。  此外他也曾经是幼儿园,小学及中学的理事会成员。 邱氏说在多年前,政府已经废除一令吉对一令吉筹款对拨款的方式。 这项消息仍然可以在报章上追查得到。 这项宣布导致许多需要依靠政府拨款来援助的学校面对财务困难,迫使他们必须自己负责去找扩建学校的资金。 虽然有些学校透过筹款晚宴和义卖会筹得资金,但是由于资金不足往往导致学校扩建工程缓慢和延迟


20101121日沙首席部长拿督慕沙阿曼出席由拿督马西迪担任晚宴筹委会主席的筹款活动,并在现场宣布根据州政府一令吉对一令吉的拨款方式,拨出马币20万令吉作为建堂基金,当晚还举行模拟支票移交仪式。

我们想知道的是为何拿督慕沙还使用州政府淘汰的拨款方程式呢? 有许多兰瑙人也出席了该晚宴,并听到首长当晚宣布的好消息。 迄今政府还没有支付该款项,而导致校方不得不寻求帮忙去申请该笔款项。 政府花十四个月来处理该校的拨款申请,而且还有要等到今年5月才能收到钱(如果被批准的话)。 事实上,上述宣布拨款应视为现场批准 是不需要任何申请程序的。 有许多类似的‘场批准’拨款,都会在现场立即移交给学校  为何先宣布了拨款,然后才要从头申请?

兰瑙培文小学极需要建校资金,这可以从他们在农历新年期间分发的传单向各界人士要求捐款中看到。 他们希望能够筹得急需的40万令吉来完成他们的多元礼堂。 如果捐赠者能够捐出40万令吉以上,该礼堂将会以其名字命名。 校方也附上礼堂的建设账目表明差额。 大家应该感谢承包商垫出50万令吉来完成该礼堂的建设,等到学校有钱才还给他。 邱氏赞扬该承包商的善举先把礼堂建好才收钱。既然承包商先垫钱把礼堂建好,校方仍然需要找钱来还给他。 我们建议沙首长慕沙阿曼应该自己捐出50万令吉来帮助该学校。



Why “One to One” school-grant formula is still used?

The recent case highlighted by the Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament Hiew King Cheu on the Ranau SJK (c) Pai Wen who was given a grant based on a “One Ringgit to One Ringgit” system as a government grant to help the school development projects had received much attention and created a ‘talk of the town’ especially in the Ranau District.

The KK MP Hiew is also a person who had worked many years with the development of schools in Kota Kinabalu, and the positions he had held were from school board members, building committee chairman, alumni presidents, and Parent Teacher Association Chairmanship etc.. He served for a good many years in the various Kindergarten, primary schools, and secondary school. He said the granting formula of ‘one ringgit to one ringgit” was cut many years ago by the government. The records on the announcement still can be traced. Many schools that needed the grant and allocation from the government to continue their expansion projects had suffered, and they were told to source for their own fund to continue their projects. Even though some schools had achieved to raise money through fund raising events like dinners and bazaars, their developments were delayed due to lack of fund.

It came as a big surprise that the Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman actually announced on the spot on 21st November 2010 in a fund raising dinner held by the school where the Minister Datuk Masidi Manjung was the organizing chairman, that a state government grant based on the “One to One” formula and equivalent to RM200,000 was made to the school hall building fund. A mop cheque was handed over to the school during the ceremony. 

The point is, why Musa announced a grant that is based on the ‘phased out formula’ which is no longer used by the government. Many Ranau people were present at the dinner heard the good news that a grant was approved and announced on the spot. Why this was never made payable immediately, and the school had to seek advice on how to apply for it? This took them 14 months to process the grant application, and still have to wait until May this year to receive the money, (if there is any). In fact the said grant should be called as the “SPOT-GRANT” which does not need any application procedure. There were many such “spot-grants” made available and paid immediately to schools on many occasions.

The school is really in need of fund, and we can see this in their CNY visiting leaflets requesting for sponsors to donate for the required sum of RM400,000 to complete the hall. The donor’s name will be used to name the hall if the donor can donate the RM400,000 or more. The school hall account balance sheet was also attached. We must thank the contractor for coming up with his own money (RM500,000) to complete the construction of the hall, and claim later when the school has the money. He must be complimented. Even thought the contractor can come up with his money first, he still has to be paid anyway. We suggest CM Musa to come up from his own pocket the RM500,000 to help the school.


KK MP Hiew King Cheu