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KK Indonesian School gets its own building

Published on: Monday, December 23, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: Students of the Kota Kinabalu Indonesian School will soon be attending classes at its own building which was officially opened by Indonesia's Education and Culture Minister, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nuh, Sunday.

The 4,783-square metre building is built on 391 acres in the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park along Jalan Sepanggar, near here.

Costing close to RM10 million, it is equipped with a canteen, teachers' quarters, a multi-purpose hall and a futsal field, among others.

The school was set up on Dec 1, 2008 to provide education to Indonesian children living in Sabah through formal and non-formal education and was previously located at Alam Mesra before shifting to its current location.

Since its establishment till now, a total of 22,057 out of 53,687 Indonesian children aged between one and 18 have benefited from it.

Mohammad Nuh said the school was established as a result of a bilateral meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhono and the then Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi in January 2008.

"Both agreed on the importance of education for Indonesian children living in Malaysia, thus, the community learning centre was set up.

This also indirectly makes our children diplomats who will link the bridge between both countries," he said.

He said these children would be the ones who will strengthen bilateral ties between both countries, which could be done through education.

He reminded them to be thankful to Malaysia while at the same time have a sense of patriotism for Indonesia because they are Indonesian nationals.

"The school's curriculum syllabus is Indonesian-oriented.

However, since they live in Malaysia, they must also learn about the Malaysian cultures, law and ethics," he said.

On another note, he said they are in the midst of setting up a similar community learning centre in Tawau as well as in Sarawak.

Also present were Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Herman Prayito, Kota Kinabalu Consulate General of Indonesia Soepeno Sahid and Sepanggar MP Datuk Jumat Idris.