FIFTY pupils of SJK(C) Yu Chye in Kuala Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau, can now walk into the newly renovated school hall with pride and joy.
The school’s development committee chairman Chuah Tee Sung said piling works and slight extension had been carried out at the hall at a cost of RM1.1mil.
He said several years ago, the building sank by six inches, causing the walls and floors to develop cracks.
“We are happy that repair works are finally completed.
“The new school hall provides a conducive environment for the pupils to carry out school activities,” he said after MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai opened the newly renovated school hall on Sunday.
Chuah, who is also Balik Pulau MCA division chief, said the school planned to carry out repair works on other parts of the school.
He said they also wanted to set up a library, a computer room and a meeting room.
He added that the repair works and the facilities would amount to RM400,000.
“The walls surrounding the school have developed cracks, and the fences have also become crooked.
“The passageway beside the school hall has also sunk, causing cracks on the floor and damaging the awning.
“We are also planning to create a walkway to separate the adjoining three-storey block of classrooms and the building of a kindergarten.
“This is because the kindergarten sank slightly, resulting in cracks on the walls of the three-storey classrooms,” he said.
Liow, who was present, announced a RM200,000 allocation for the school.
“We have to be grateful that the Government has always been supportive towards the vernacular education system.
“In addition to that, the development of the country is heading towards the right direction with the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) initiative,” he said.
Also present were Balik Pulau MP Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah and Penang MCA chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng.
Dr Hilmi said many foreign investors were investing in the country because they believed in the leadership of the nation.
Shah Headan said MCA’s contribution to the community was immeasurable.
“Those who have made it big must never forget what MCA has done to help you succeed.
“MCA has played a big role in helping the Chinese community of this country,” he said.
Those who wish to donate to the school’s building fund can contact the school at 04-8662360.