TAMPARULI: The Kok Wah Chinese primary school here is a shining example of the 1Malaysia concept at work as more than 90% of its 100-odd pupils are local bumiputras.
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor made the observation when he officiated at the school’s Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday.
“This is definitely good for racial harmony, goodwill and unity. It also shows that the Chinese do not fear others ‘invading’ their schools,” added Hajiji who is also Sulaman assemblyman.
He said that it was best to teach people about others’ culture since they are young so that they will grow up appreciating the culture and way of life.
The minister added that Sabah is also a good example of 1Malaysia and this fact was acknowledged by none other than the Prime Minister himself.
He cited the lion/unicorn/dragon dance troupes where nowadays it is not uncommon to find that some if not most members of the troupes are non-Chinese.
“This again is good for national integration and unity and harmony. It also shows that the Chinese have no qualms about others learning their culture.
Hajiji later launched the newly-completed school stage for which he gave an allocation of RM50,000 at the ceremony attended by the school’s headmistress Lee Mun Lee and school management board chairman Chung Mui Fook. Also present was Tuaran MCAchief Chua Sheng Kian who was appointed an adviser of the school board.