KUCHING: The Sarawak government has approved more than an acre of land for the Sarawak Federation of Chinese Association (Hua Zong) to set up its own headquarters here.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the federation has already received a letter of offer on the land from the Land and Survey Department recently.
“The federation has requested for a piece of land from the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to build its headquarters, and he has already agreed to it,” he told reporters when met after the presentation of special allowance to the school teachers at Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) No.1 today.
He said the locality of the land is just somewhere behind The Spring shopping mall.
“The federation will work out the details with the Land and Survey Department with regard to the perimeter survey, land premium and quit rent,” he said.
He said once these processes are done, the federation will start with the building design.
“The state government has given the Malay community to build their Wisma Melayu, and the Chinese too will have its own building called Wisma Hua Zong to carry out their activities,” he said.
Dr Sim, who also heads the Special Unit for Aided Chinese Primary Schools, also conveyed his appreciation to the Sarawak government for looking after the needs of the Chinese community by allocating the land.
“We are thankful for the Sarawak government for their kind allocation of the land.
“It shows that it is not just the Chinese, but all the different races are being allocated a piece of land and being looked after by the state government,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Sim also presented the special allowance given by the state government to the school teachers.
The event also saw the handover of a light-emitting diode (LED) screen from the Bank of China to the school which will be installed at the school’s hall.
Also present were Federation of Chinese Association of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division president Datuk Richard Wee and CHMS No.1 principal Yap Chong Guan.