Dr Sim (second right) with Chai (right) and Chan (second left) on a tour of the newly completed school building on Friday

KUCHING: Rebuilding works at SJK Chung Hua Bako, which has been relocated from Bako to a new location in Kota Samarahan, have been completed, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said the saga of the school’s relocation which was started during the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government, had ended.

He expressed appreciation to the Education Ministry for their commitment in the school project and said that the school was now licensed to operate.

“The Education Ministry will have to post teachers here to teach (now that it is licensed at the new site), they have to send teachers even before the school starts its operations,” he told reporters during his visit to the school on Friday (July 3).

Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division president Jonathan Chai thanked the state government for its RM3mil allocation to rebuild the school at the new location.

“The private sector has matched the RM3mil and we are collecting the funds from pledgers and we hope that they will be generous enough to give us their funds as we still owe some money to the contractors.

“Everything is on schedule (in terms of construction) and we are set to reopen by the end of the next year,” said Chai, who was also present to accompany Dr Sim on Friday.

Chai said once everything was settled, the school would be handed over to the Education Ministry for them to post their teachers and then accept enrolment of students from the neighbourhood.

He said the school would be able to accommodate more than 100 pupils with six classes to be opened along with a library, science facility and other supporting facilities.

Also present were Kuching Chinese General Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCGCCI) Digital Economy Committee chairman Rodger Chan Siong Boh.