SEVERAL Chinese schools in Alor Setar had a windfall when China’s ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang paid an official visit to Kedah.
While visiting SJK (C) Kee Chee, Dr Huang announced RM60,000 in donations from the Chinese Government.
“The donations are tokens of appreciation and this is how it is with us.
“It’s part of the Chinese culture to give donations to schools we visit,” he said on Tuesday.
He said that his two-day visit to Kedah had left him deeply impressed with the value of Chinese education in the state.
“Different ethnic groups send their children to Chinese schools. That shows there is a need and demand for Chinese education,” he told reporters.
He expressed admiration that Chinese education had become a part of the Malaysian education system.
The four beneficiary schools are SJK (C) Kee Chee and SJK (C) Sin Min, which received RM20,000 each, and SJK (C) Boon Teik and SJK (C) Pei Shih, which received RM10,000 each.
Dr Huang also gave his optimistic view of China’s participation in Kedah’s economy.
“We see a bright future for Kedahans and Chinese investors.
“There is so much racial unity in Kedah and investors from China appreciate such unity.
“We see Kedah playing an important role in enhancing the Malaysia-China relationship.”
Dr Huang announced on Monday that China wanted to work with Kedah in the industrial fishery, solar energy, rubber and tourism sectors.
He said that the possible projects in these fields could surpass the RM1bil mark.
Before returning to Kuala Lumpur, Dr Huang had a walkabout session at Pekan Cina and Pekan Melayu, which are Alor Setar’s iconic Malay and China towns.
Dr Huang also visited the Kedah Kwangtung and Tengchow Association hall and Hoi Chee Tzee Thai Pak Kong Temple.