Funds given for school basketball court, band equipment


Ho (in white shirt) with teachers and SMK Ringlet students during the allocation handover ceremony.

TWO secondary schools in Cameron Highlands, Pahang received RM80,000 to build a basketball court and for buying band equipment.

Tanah Rata assemblyman Ho Chi Yang, who represented Deputy Finance Minister II Steven Sim, handed RM40,000 each to SMK Ringlet and SMK Kampung Raja.

Ho said the allocation would allow the SMK Ringlet band to buy equipment and support day-to-day operations, as well as purchase uniforms and pay for transportation and accommodation and other issues, so that it could participate in competitions and other performances.

“Meanwhile, SMK Kampung Raja needs funds to build a new basketball court to encourage more students to play basketball,” said Ho.

He said the SMK Ringlet band’s performance was exceptional and they were often invited to perform.

“The band has showcased the students’ musical talent.

“In addition, talented basketball players from all over Cameron Highlands, including Kampung Raja, often excel in state and national basketball competitions.

“Therefore, the construction of basketball courts in secondary schools will encourage more children to play basketball and facilitate the provision of systematic training in schools,” he said.

Ho said the allocation was actually applied by his predecessor, former Tanah Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong, and had been approved while Chiong was still in office.

“However, changes in the Federal Government resulted in this allocation being abandoned.

“I have successfully re-applied and obtained the allocation under the Unity government.

“This is an effort to advance education in Cameron Highlands.”

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