THE only three Chinese private secondary schools in Kedah are starting the Year of the Rooster on a high note with allocations of RM60,000 each from the state.
The schools are Keat Hwa Private High School and Sin Min Private High School in Alor Setar, and Sungai Petani’s Sin Min Private High School.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah announced the allocations during the state’s Chinese New Year Carnival Muafakat held near Menara Alor Setar on Wednesday.
“We value Chinese education in Kedah and the state has always supported these private independent schools.
“Since Barisan Nasional reclaimed its position as the ruling coalition here, we have been providing the yearly allocation.
“We are giving more this year to help the schools maintain their development plans and educational quality despite rising costs globally,” Ahmad Bashah said in his speech.
He also said that maintaining high quality Chinese education in Kedah was vital because the state had the potential to draw investment from China.
“We must give investors from China confidence that investing in Kedah will benefit them.
“We welcome Chinese investors to explore what they can do here,” he said.
He said the future of Kedah’s children depended on the state’s progress and called on Kedahans to support projects planned by the government.
Some 5,000 people of various races attended the event which saw Ahmad Bashah garbed in traditional Chinese menswear together with other VIPs.
Dozens of tents served free food and drinks to the guests
The event was co-organised with Malaysian Chinese Women Entrepreneurs Foundation, Kedah/Perlis Hainan Association, Kedah/Perlis Teochew Association, Kedah Kwangtung & Teng Chow Association, Kedah Hakka Association, Kedah Hokkien Association, Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall, Hawkers and Small Traders Foundation of Malaysia and Bank Simpanan Nasional.
The evening’s entertainment included lion and dragon dances, shows and songs.
Also present were state Environment, Chinese Community Affairs, Health and Unity Committee chairman Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong, Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall president Datuk Cheng Lai Hock and Gerakan deputy president Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai.