Kedah government has never overlooked Siamese community: MB

EMBUN MAJID


SIK: The Kedah government has always given equal treatment to all communities in the state, including the Siamese minority, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said today.

He said the state government has always listened and attended to the plight of the Thai minority, as highlighted through the Kedah Siamese Association or community leaders.

"Since last year, the state distributed RM5,000 in annual allocations to each of the 48 Siamese temples in the state. There were also other allocations that went towards the development of the Siamese community here," he told reporters after attending the state-level Songkhran Festival at the Samnaksong Thepsawan temple in Kampung Chong here, today.

Kedah, which is home to Malaysia’s largest Siamese community, kicked off the ongoing Songkhran festival here on Sunday.

On a related matter, Bashah said the state government will look into a request by the Siamese community for new a housing project, similar to the Kedah Development Authority (Keda)’s housing schemes.

"At the moment, the Siamese community is scattered all over the state. Their request is for a special, well-arranged housing settlement.

"We will discuss the request at the state executive council level," he said.

He added that the state is still reviewing the Siamese community’s plea for agriculture licences, which they applied for more than a decade ago.

Earlier during the festival, Bashah announced an allocation to build a futsal court for the Siamese community in Kampung Chong.