‘SUPP to go on looking after interests of Chinese schools’

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MIRI: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) will continue to monitor and safeguard the development of Chinese schools in the state.

Its president, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, stressed Chinese education was one of the party’s core interests in its political struggle.

“We will continue to fight for the total interest of Chinese schools. The party has always been actively involved in any fund-raising project to improve the facilities of the schools,” he told reporters after representing Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to officiate at the opening of a new block of SJK (C) Chung Hua, Krokop yesterday.

Dr Chan said SUPP always had high concern for the development of Chinese schools.

Hence, the party had contributed millions of ringgit to the schools, and had assisted themin raising funds to defray various costs.

In addition, the party has even drafted comprehensive a development plan to safeguard the development of Chinese education.

The party, he said, acknowledged the strong commitment and support of various sectors that had contributed towards the development of Chinese education.

Thus, he called for such continuous support saying it was a great challenge for the party to take care if over 240 Chinese primary schools and 14 independent schools throughout the state.

On SJK (C) Chung Hua Krokop’s building fund, he said SUPP would apply for an allocation of RM200,000 from the federal government.

Earlier in his address, he said Chinese education had projected the identity and culture of the Chinese.

Thus, he said, the Chinese needed to ensure that their education system don’t disappear and be forgotten by the younger generation.

“Chinese schools belong to all Chinese, so they must share the responsibility of contributing to their development,” he said.

Pujut Assemblyman Andy Chia, Miri mayor Lawrence Lai, Datuk Hii Chang Pee the director of SJK (C) Chung Hua Krokop Management Board and Tony Tie Hung Teck chairman of SJK (C) Chung Hua Krokop School of Management Board were also present at the function.