NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations, Chinese groups, residents and parents in Bercham are hoping for the Perak government’s approval for building a Chinese secondary school in the residential area.
With the approval, they believe students will be able to continue their secondary school studies swiftly in the Chinese medium.
Currently, Bercham has over 200,000 residents, with 90% of them Chinese.
There is only one Chinese primary school there – SJK Bercham – and two national schools.
Malaysia SMJK Development Committee chairman Lim Eng Hua was present to witness a dialogue between the groups, Bercham assemblyman Cheong Chee Khing and Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran last Sunday.
In his speech, Lim said the committee has constantly lobbied for the proposal to build a Chinese secondary school here, but sadly, efforts have been fruitless so far.
“The success of this proposal now depends on the unity and sincerity of all Bercham residents.
“Our committee will be behind them every step of the way,” he said. Lim said he was pleased to see so many residents and representatives coming to the dialogue to express their agreement to the proposal, because it was a matter concerning the future of children in the area.
“It is quite worrisome to know that some Chinese school kids who go on to national secondary schools drop out as they are unable to cope with the change in the language of instruction.
“Now that our country has 79 vernacular schools, with two of them still under construction, I think this proposal will not be impossible with the sincerity shown from Bercham residents,” he said.
With the agreement of all groups at the dialogue, Bercham assemblyman Cheong Chee Khing urged the government to listen to the requests of the rakyat.
“Although I submitted a memorandum on this proposal earlier, so far we have not received any reply yet,” he said, adding that he will be mentioning this at the state assembly sitting in November.
In early October, it was reported that Cheong had proposed a piece of 6ha river reserve land next to Anggun Bercham Indah, just five minutes away from SRJK Bercham, be used to construct a Chinese secondary school.
He had also presented a memorandum on the proposal to state Education Committee chairman Datuk Muhammad Amin Zakaria’s special officer Mohd Saman Hasan.
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