SIBU: Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU), the second largest union in Malaysia with over 26,000 members, plays an important role in the development of education and nation-building.
Dudong assemblyman Datuk Tiong Thai King, who is also Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman, said STU would continue to be needed so long as they speak on behalf of the rights and dignity of teachers, support professionalism in teaching and the essentials of good education.
“STU plays an important role in the development of education in the state and country. It is the second largest union in Malaysia with more than 26,000 members from all corners of Sarawak.
“Sibu alone has more than 3,000 members, ranking second in terms of membership in Sarawak. STU has contributed greatly to nation-building,” he said.
Tiong represented Second Minister of Finance Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh in officiating at STU Sibu Division’s 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) cum souvenir presentation to STU Sibu Division retiree members for 2017 here yesterday afternoon.
Also present were Sibu district education officer Wong Chong Kung, Selangau district education officer Jambai Sayong, STU secretary-general Yong Ing Thung and Sibu district deputy education officer Salemah Chali.
Tiong said the union also struggled for the welfare and well-being of members both while in service and after service. He recalled that teachers joined the union as unity is strength.
Appreciating the sacrifices of teachers, he likened them to a beacon that shone for others. The country required human capital to become a developed nation.
STU Sibu division chairman Tan Kuang Wui also spoke at the function.
Some 500 members from Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit attended the function.
A total of 40 STU Sibu Division retired members were presented with souvenirs and academic incentives were given to members’ children who had excelled in last year’s public examinations.
At the same function, Tiong announced a Minor Rural Project (MRP) grant of RM5,000 from him, and a RM10,000 grant from Soon Koh.