THE Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) has managed to raise RM6.388mil during a fundraising dinner for SMJK Heng Ee branch in Jalan Sungai Tiram 1, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
The dinner at G Hotel saw about 500 guests attending including Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, state Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang, state exco members Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, Danny Law and Chong Eng.
Also present were Consul-General of China in Penang Wu Jun, PCCC executive advisor Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping and Board of Directors of Heng Ee Schools chairman Datuk Alex Ooi Kee Liang.
PCCC president Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng said the chamber stressed on the importance of education.
“Education is of utmost importance to our future generation.
“Over the years, the chamber has provided assistance to educational institutions and charitable organisations,” he said during the dinner on Wednesday.
It was reported that the school would be able to take in pupils from nine Chinese primary schools in Penang’s southwest district.
“The school is scheduled to open next year and will be able to take in 3,000 students once it is ready.
“It will bring convenience to the students and parents staying in this district. It will also reduce traffic congestion since students no longer have to travel downtown for education,” Choot added.
Lim congratulated the chamber for successfully raising such a huge sum for the benefit of students.