Phor Tay still short of RM10mil

SMJK Phor Tay, a secondary girls school in Penang, is still short of about RM10mil of the RM33mil it needs for its construction and relocation fund.

Chairman of the school’s board of director Ven Wei Wu said the school had raised about RM23mil so far.

He said construction work at the new school site in Sungai Dua was now 50% completed.

“The public can view the weekly progress of the construction work via,” he said during a cheque presentation ceremony at the school at Bagan Jermal Road on Wednesday.

The school received RM400,000 at the event – RM200,000 from Hong Leong Foundation, RM150,000 from the family of the late Datuk Teh Ah Bah and a RM50,000 personal donation from Asia File Corp Bhd director Datin Khoo Saw Sim.

Eng Teknologi Holdings Bhd executive di-rector Datuk Gillian Teh, daughter of Ah Bah, handed the donation to Ven Wei Wu of behalf of the family.

Hong Leong Foundation director Dr Poh Soon Sim said: “We actively pursue opportunities where we can play a part in improving the quality of education in the country.

“Our contribution will go towards the construction of bigger and better facilities for the school, and at the same time, create an environment in which students can excel.”

SMJK Phor Tay’s new building is scheduled to be completed in October to take in about 3,000 students in January 2009.

Thank you: Ven Wei Wu receiving a mock cheque for RM200,000 from Dr Poh. With them are Hong Leong Bank Berhad’s assistant general manager Chuah Ean Hean (second right) and the bank’s Penang Auto Loans Centre manager Henry Loh Kee Wei.

The school board had applied to the Edu-cation Ministry to turn it into a co-education school. Those who wish to contribute to the fund can call 04-2270772.