Tuesday, August 9

Lu: Stop squabbling for the sake of Chinese education

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Lu (seventh from right), Wong (eighth from right) and Wee (seventh from left) with distinguished guests and panellists at the Chinese Education Forum.

Lu (seventh from right), Wong (eighth from right) and Wee (seventh from left) with distinguished guests and panellists at the Chinese Education Forum.

KUCHING: The United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) is urged to cast aside all differences for the sake of Chinese education.

Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Division Chinese Association president Temenggong Lu Kim Yong said the Chinese community wanted the two factions in Dong Zong to calm down and ‘look at the bigger picture’.

“Chinese education has a 200 year history in Malaysia, and it has undergone a lot of struggles and challenges and is still developing. The results we have today are thanks to those who have fought for Chinese education in the past.

“Chinese education in Malaysia has even gained international recognition, so the Chinese community is very concerned with the power struggle that is happening within Dong Zong now.

“The Chinese community in general wants the two factions to calm down and resolve the crisis and look at the bigger picture so as not to ruin the foundation that has been built all these years,” he said at a Chinese Education Forum here on Sunday.

Lu said Dong Zong leaders were supposed to be respectable individuals, so they should set a good example by not engaging in trivial squabbles.

The Chinese Education Forum was organised to discuss the power struggle in Dong Zong and the future of Chinese education.

Among those present were Kuching Chung Hua Primary Schools 1-6 Board of Management chairman Wong Tiong Hock and Sarawak United Association of Private Chinese Secondary School Management Board vice-chairman Richard Wee.