SIBU: Plans are afoot to build a mini museum to exhibit materials related to Chinese education here.
The museum will be built by United Association of Private Chinese Secondary School Board of Management at its premises in Wisma Hua Wen Duzhong here.
Speaking at a press conference, project chairman Dr Hu Chang Lek said the museum, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, was expected to be ready by June next year.
“The exhibits, artefacts and documents to be displayed in the museum relate to the early development of Chinese education in Sarawak, especially those related to Chinese independent schools, ” he said.
He said there were several of these wooden primary schools in the outskirts of the town which had great historical value.
“We are now appealing to people who may have old photographs of the historical buildings of these schools that we are interested in. We also want old furniture such as chairs and tables, printers, typewriters and old Senior Cambridge Certificates for display in the museum, ” he said.
Dr Hu added that students, teachers and the public are invited to contribute items to the museum.
United Association of Private Chinese Secondary School Board of Management chairman Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau, meanwhile, said the project was for the Chinese community and education in the country.
“It will showcase the development of Chinese education in Sibu, and Malaysia in general, to allow people to have a better understanding of the Chinese education struggle, ” he said.
Lau said the museum would also be a good place for people to do research on Chinese education.