AFTER more than nine decades, Chong Hwa Independent High School (CHIHS) is still standing tall and beaming with pride as it celebrates its 95th anniversary this year.
Not many schools in the city would dare compare themselves to CHIHS, which is not only one of the earliest such establishments in the country but also a favourite among parents looking for a school to send their children to.
The school’s deputy chairman, Datuk Mah Siew Kwok, said he felt that 95 years was just the beginning and there would be better days ahead.
“This is just a starting point for us at Chong Hwa as we feel this school will be brighter and stronger in the future,” said Mah at the star-studded anniversary dinner held in the school.
He said the school currently had an enrolment of 5,000 teachers and students who were committed and well-rounded in all aspects in hopes of delivering excellent results and outstanding performances.
“In recent years, the mushrooming of modern, well-equipped local and private institutions has put enormous pressure on us,
“We can no longer confine ourselves to our present status but instead must be innovative in order to not find ourselves dropping behind,” said Mah adding that the school has come up with a five-year blueprint.
The plan was to build a multi-purpose complex which will be able to accommodate administration, management, teaching and extra-curricular activities.
He added that the construction was estimated to cost RM60mil and the school hopes to get it completed by 2019 when it celebrates its centenary.
His plea was promptly answered by the school’s chairman Tan Sri Tong Yoke Kim, who donated RM5mil while Ekovest Bhd chairman Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo chipped in RM2mil to the fund.
The dinner was attended by more than a thousand guests including students, teachers, former students as well as Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who was the guest of honour for the evening.
The dinner started with a ribbon and cake- cutting ceremony followed by performances by students from the school. The Chong Hwa Alumni Association’s choir and former student Stefano Chen also took to the stage to entertain guests.
At the end of the evening, the school announced that it had collected RM16mil from the night and urged students and guests to continue contributing to keep their hopes and dreams alive.
The public can also assist the school by visiting www.chonghwakl.edu.my to donate.