Chinese education is not just about learning the language, it also broadens students’ knowledge of Chinese civilisation, says MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said a good grasp of the Chinese language would enhance a person’s competitiveness in the job market.
“I’m sure the language will be of great help to you in the future.
“Value what you have learnt here and put it to good use,” he told Year Six pupils of SJK (C) Kuen Cheng 2 at their graduation ceremony.
He said Malaysia’s Chinese education was the most comprehensive system among non-Chinese nations in the world.
“This was made possible through the hard work of our ancestors who had sacrificed and fought for our rights (to mother tongue education),” he said, adding there were currently 1,296 Chinese primary schools in the country.
Dr Wee hoped the pupils would remember their alma mater and offer assistance whenever needed.
The graduation ceremony saw 210 pupils receiving flowers and a soft toy each to commemorate the occasion.
Julian Wee Yu Hao – the younger of Dr Wee’s two children – was perhaps the happiest among them as he received the gifts from none other than his father.
Dr Wee later tweeted that he was pleased and happy to attend the graduation of his son.
“As a father, my biggest hope is for him to continue enjoying his studies and secondary school life,” he wrote.
Parents and pupils at the event were treated to several performances by the school’s award-winning band, dance group, 24-season drum troupe and the Soul Trade rock band.
Kuen Cheng 2 was set up in 1977, when Kuen Cheng 1 – located some 5km away – could no longer cope with the increased intake.
The high-performing school has among other facilities a library, music room, band room, computer room, dancing room, ping pong room and basketball court.