BY SARAH HAFIZAH CHANDRA & NOOR SYAHHIRA HADY
SAMARAHAN: People living in the vicinity of SJK Chung Hua Bako here can now look forward to sending their children to the newly built school.
Declared open by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg recently, the school has 18 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, a canteen, and a new administrative office.
All of the classes are ‘smart’, which makes the school a good model for digital schools of the future.
Stakeholders and guests who attended the opening ceremony could be heard expressing their gladness that the school had been completed while others said they were grateful that the state government had helped to provide facilities for the school in particular and other Chinese aided schools in general.
Headmistress Chai Fui Chiew, 52
‘I would like to say thank you very much for the facilities provided in the school area which resulted in it being normal as any other school.”
“The Chief Minister is, without doubt, a very dedicated person who prioritizes education no matter if it is from SK or SJK. His support and contribution mean a lot to the rebuilding of this school.
Datuk Pui Kian Onn, 71 (School board member, Bintulu)
I hope that those schools that are currently facing financial difficulties or are about to be closed down would get help from the government just like how this school gets support. Our government treats all races fairly.
Penghulu Lim Eng Huat, 58
As a reconstruction committee member, I feel very happy that this school will finally be reopened for next year’s intake. I am thankful because for next year another RM8 million will be given to all Chinese schools in Sarawak. It is something to look forward to.
Headmistress Chai Swee Kiaw, 50
I am surprised to see the building looking so grand and beautiful. Also, I am very glad that SJK Chung Hua Bako got enough support financially from the government, kind-hearted sponsors, associations, and many others. I hope the facilities would make us more motivated to improve our schools for a better future.
Headmistress Fang Nyun Fah, 58
I am proud that there is a new SJK that can take in many students within the Kota Samarahan area. The building of the school was made possible by the cooperation and commitment of all parties including the Samarahan education office. We hope that more improvements and upgrades would be made in the future.
School Board Member Kuching Chin Vui Khun, 63
I thank the state government for having given RM3 million for relocating and rebuilding SJK Chung Hua Bako. It certainly facilitated the project greatly, especially in getting it completed in time to take in students next year.