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Help Chinese kindergartens, KL urged

Published on: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) President Datuk Michael Lui urged the Federal government to keep in tandem with the State government in extending financial grants to Chinese kindergartens.

Towards this end Lui who attended Putatan Hwa Shiong Kindergarten's 30th Anniversary celebration expressed his appreciation to the State government for giving annual grants to Chinese kindergartens.

Among those present were Sabah Publishing House Sdn Bhd (SPH) Managing Director Datuk Clement Yeh, owner of Zara's Boutique Hotel who is also the member of the Board of Governors for Hwa Shiong Kindergarten Eliza Goh and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Edward Yong.

Lui vouched that KKCCCI would ensure the continuity and expansion of Chinese education.

In relation to this, he appealed the Chinese community to be concerned about the continuity and availability of Chinese education.

Lui pointed out that there are eight schools under the jurisdiction of KKCCCI - one government assisted high school, four Chinese primary schools and three kindergartens.

He emphasised that KKCCCI had established the direction for future policies for the eight schools, with priority given towards learning the mother tongue, but at the same time, closely involved and actively participating in Chinese cultural activities.

"Naturally, there were impediments in carrying out Chinese educational and cultural activities. However, with support from the Chinese community, we were able to meet the challenges, and are on the right track."

Lui commended the efforts of the school board of Hwa Shiong Kindergarten under the leadership of Datuk Mary Ling and her board members in the long term planning and vision of the kindergarten.

The future planning incorporates multi-storey building classrooms, and comprehensive upgrading of all the faculties.

During the banquet dinner, Lui also quoted the famous Chinese proverb - "It takes ten years to grow trees, and it takes 100 years to educate people."

In terms of education, although 30 years is long, it is relatively short for satisfactory level education.

The celebration's theme "To memorise the past, look forward to the future" was very fitting for the occasion, added Lui.