JOHOR BARU: The move to set up a third campus for the Foon Yew High School in Seri Alam was well received.
Johor Baru Tiong-Hua Association, which consists of members from five Chinese clans, have contributed money and other aid to make the new campus a reality.
“Education is very important to the community, and what more with Foon Yew being an institution that is community-driven.
“We are all excited for the construction to begin early next year and soon, children, not just from the Chinese community, will be able to benefit from the new campus,” Johor Baru Tiong-Hua Association president Datuk Seri Tey Kim Chai said, adding that the existing schools have non-Chinese students as well.
State exco member Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who is Johor MCA liaison committee deputy chairman, said the school project was a manifestation of the support from the Federal and state governments as well as the private sector.
“The contribution and commitment shown by the school committee and Chinese education enthusiasts are important,” he added.
The school’s management committee chairman Tong Sing Chuan, had said the initial land work for the school’s new third campus is expected to begin in January next year.
He said the committee had so far raised RM15mil to build the new campus and would continue to raise funds to ensure its completion by 2021.
The school is slated to open in 2021, and upon completion of phase three, the 9.4ha campus is expected to accommodate 4,500 students.
Foon Yew High School, set up in 1913, is the largest Chinese independent school in the country in terms of both students and campus size.
The main school is located in Stulang Laut and has an existing branch in Kulai with more than 10,000 students in total.
Tong said the new campus would not have been possible without the assistance of Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad.