Thursday, January 31, 2008

6 New & 13 Relocated SJK(C)

Report card from MCA shows that MCA has successfully obtained approval for 15 New Chinese Schools and 74 Chinese Schools to be relocated since 1999 (A fantastic achievements for the past 9 years). That is a significant achievements, and these 89 schools would create a new capacity of 97,000 places, effectively means that total capacity of SJK(C) is hence increased by 16% (since currently total capacity is around 600,000 places).

This is definitely a significant move, especially for Education Minister to make these announcements at MCA Headquarter.

Since 1999, more than 40+ of these new and relocated schools have been opened and this has created a significant number of places for the Chinese Community. Not to forget, more than 60,000 non-Chinese are currently studying in SJK(C).

Read at MCA Website

Today marks a historical day for MCA. As an early Chinese New Year present, the Chinese community can look forward to more new and relocated Chinese schools. Education Minister YB Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin bin Tun Hussein today personally came to MCA Headquaters to meet MCA President YB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Ting and other party leaders to announce a piece of much awaited good news to the Chinese community.

On 16 January 2008 this year, Ka Ting submitted an application to Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin to build 6 new SJK(C) and relocate 13 SJK(C) which faced the danger of being closed down due to under-enrolment in densely populated urban areas.

Today, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin himself personally presented the approval letter to Ka Ting while witnessed by Gerakan Acting President YB Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon and other MCA leaders. Tsu Koon flew in personally from Penang to witness the historical moment.

Hishamuddin in his speech said he is grateful because he has a group of sincere colleagues in the Cabinet. He praised MCA and Gerakan leaders for being sincere in their effort to fight for the rights of the Chinese community and other races they represented.

“The friendship and trust that were built among BN component parties for so long will be continued and sustained,” said Hishamuddin.

Ka Ting in his briefing to the press thanked Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin for his understanding and reiterated that MCA never fails to voice out the Chinese community’s views and wishes to the government in the spirit of Barisan Nasional. He added that MCA and Gerakan always work closely together in resolving Chinese school issues. He also took the opportunity to thank Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak for their support and encouragement to MCA.

The 6 new and 13 relocated SJK(C) are located in Sungai Long, Kajang, Bukit Serdang, Rawang, Bandar Bukit Sentosa/Bukit Beruntung, Bandar Parklands (Bukit Tinggi 3), Klang, Lembah Maju, Ampang Jaya, Wangsa Maju, Sri Petaling, Danga Bay, Johor Bahru, Impian Mas, Mukim Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Eco Garden, Johor Bahru, Bandar Cemerlang, Johor Bahru, Crimson Krubong Jaya, Krubong, Melaka Tengah, Limbongan, Kota Melaka, Taman Perkasa Rembia, Rembia, Alor Gajah, Seremban 2, Alor Star and the last school where the site has yet to be finalised.

Until today, MCA has successfully fought for a total of 89 new and relocated Chinese schools since 1999. Earlier, the 70 new and relocated Chinese schools could accommodate 60,000 students. Once the 19 new SJK(C) are completed, it will be able to accommodate another 27,000 students.


Anonymous said...

Sorry sir

The promise by MCA is to BUILD MORE schools. Not relocate existing ones. So where's the promise now?

Chen Chow said...

Essentially, if you read from the news link that you attach above, it is a promise to have more Chinese schools. Whether it is building new ones, or relocating the old ones, it doesn't matter much.

Currently, a lot of Chinese schools have only a few students in it, and hence, it makes economical sense for the government to relocate them too.

And there are new schools too. 6 new schools to be built.