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Palanivel: 35 Tamil schools have new building, location
KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty-five Tamil schools located in the Sime Darby plantations around the country have been relocated to more suitable sites or have new building blocks, said MIC president Datuk Seri G.Palanivel.
He said many of the schools had requested for extra land for which Sime Darby had consented.
"Among the states that have benefited, Selangor has seen the most number of schools with 14 either relocated to new areas or have additional blocks.
"The other states that have benefited from the exercise are Johor (8 schools), Kedah (3), Melaka (2), Negeri Sembilan (4), Pahang (2) and Perak (2)," he said in a statement, here, today.
The issue of Tamil schools was among issues that were resolved during a meeting with Sime Darby plantations management recently.
Palanivel, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said Sime Darby also entertained requests involving temples, including for relocation, additional buildings or extension of temples.
"Sime Darby has also contributed cash to some temples to carry out consecration ceremonies," he said.
Other issues discussed at the meeting were plots as burial ground, improving roads in the plantations and allowing estate workers to get involved in farming.
On another matter, Palanivel said all the 1,500 matriculation places for Indian students would be filled by this month. -- BERNAMA