SMC get 500k from Johor govt

March 1st, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Great news for SMC. Good hing they have started to receive help from the state government from just past two years. Before that, SMC depends on well-wishers and support from MIC as well.

Johor government to donate RM500,000 to SMC

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KLUANG: The Johor state government will be donating RM500,000 to the Sri Murugan Centre (SMC) this year, making it the biggest financial contributor to the charity-based education group.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state government has been helping the group since 2006. It has increased the annual grant from RM30,000 previously to RM100,000 this year. “SMC has an impressive track record of raising academic excellence among Tamil-speaking students in Johor,” he said at the SMC education workshop here recently.

SMC national chairman Datuk Dr M. Thambirajah said the donation was a big morale booster for thousands of its volunteers who have dedicated their services for the benefit of poor Indian students.

He said the RM500,000 would be used to buy a piece of land in Muar for its new building project while the RM100,000 annual grant would be allocated for the centre’s education programmes statewide. Thambirajah said the project would probably start this year and upon completion, it would have a hostel, computer laboratory and multi-purpose complex.

He said there were currently 12 SMC centres in Johor with 1,200 primary and secondary students under its charge. Thambirajah added that the group hoped to expand its reach to poor students in the state. Founded in 1982, SMC has 103 centres nationwide and has produced more than 10,000 graduates.

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