Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming has dismissed efforts by certain quarters to politicise a Chinese school's decision to name its new school block after him.
"There is no need to exaggerate the issue when the problem surrounding the SJK(C) Sin Min in Taiping has been resolved smoothly," he was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying.
Nga said the new administration block, which was completed three years ago, has yet to obtain the certificate of completion and compliance (CCC).
"Soon after we took power, I helped the school to obtain CCC in my capacity as (Aulong) state assemblyperson. Later, we tried to get funds for the school facilities," he told reporters yesterday at the Perak DAP buka puasa event last night.
The Education Ministry approved a grant totalling RM220,000 for the school and part of the fund was used to purchase new furniture and fans.
In a video clip that went viral on social media, Perak MCA Bahasa Malaysia Bureau chief Cally Ting had questioned the school's decision to name its administration block after Nga.
Nga said it was the school board's decision to pick his name and he did not make a request nor give instruction for the school to do so.
"Malaysians are courteous in their culture. If the school wants to do so, I cannot say no.
"We should help when the school has problems instead of tainting its image. So, regardless of what people said, I will continue to help any school in need," added the Teluk Intan MP.
Nga also pointed out that the practice of naming school blocks after politicians started way back during the previous administration.