May 19, 2008
A TOTAL of 223 poor pupils from 11 Tamil schools in the South Seberang Prai district in Penang received free spectacles from the state government.
Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy handed over the spectacles to the pupils at the SJK (Tamil) Ladang Batu Kawan in Simpang Ampat near Nibong Tebal recently.
Dr Ramasamy, who is also Batu Kawan MP, said the free spectacles programme was initiated by former Barisan Nasional state executive councillor Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon several years ago.
“We will continue any programme initiated by the previous government if they are beneficial to pupils ,” he said in his speech before handing over the spectacles to the pupils.
Nice fit: Dr Ramasamy adjusting hte spectacles for S. Pavitha.
Also present were Penang Education Department’s Inspector of Tamil Schools A. Veersamy as well as principals and Parent-Teacher Association members of the 11 Tamil schools.
Dr Ramasamy, who is also the State Economic Planning, Education, Human Resources, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman, said the state government would increase the number of the recipients next year.