Wednesday May 30, 2012
By CHRISTINA TAN
BATU PAHAT: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has approved RM1mil allocation for a Chinese independent school here to build a resource centre.
Deputy Education minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, who presented the cheque to Bandar Penggaram Chinese High School recently, said the allocation was provided following a written request submitted by the school board of governors to the Premier during his official visit to Batu Pahat on April 7.
He said the school was established in 1940 and it has more than 3,000 students studying at the school located in Jalan Tanjung Labuh.
“The school needs support to build its resource centre as part of its effort to cultivate more outstanding students.
“The approval of funds by the Prime Minister shows that he cares for all races and he keeps his promises,” he said during a check presentation ceremony attended by more than a thousand people.
Also present at the event was Penggaram assemblyman Datuk Koh Chee Chai, who represented MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Dr Mohd Puad, who is also Batu Pahat MP, said the Prime Minister approved the allocation just after a few days he received the letter from the school.
He added that he had allocated RM300,000 to the school for its infrastructure development during an event held in January.
The school is hoping to build a four-storey resource centre, estimated to cost RM8mil, to replace its traditional library.
The centre will be a multi-functional modern library that comprises a history museum, training room, reading room, seminar hall and others.
Bandar Penggaram Associated Chinese School chairman Tan Tai Kim said he hoped the members of the public would support the resources centre project, which is significant to the community.
“The centre will incorporate the green environment concept and the school is considering to open the centre to the public to pay back the support that they have shown,” he said and thanked Dr Mohd Puad and Najib for the allocations provided.
Tan added that the centre would also have a campus environment for students and he hoped the alumni would contribute by donating their historical documents and photographs to the history museum.