BATU GAJAH: The Perak government has paid tribute to Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah for his strong support towards sustainable progress in his home state.
“His single-minded dedication to sustainable progress in Perak is an example to all,” said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
“His many contributions to schools in Perak have ensured thousands of school children have the education they need to create a better future for themselves.”
Ahmad Faizal and Cheah were at the 112-year-old SJK(C) Gunong Hijau in Pusing near Ipoh yesterday to launch the new administrative school building named after the Sunway Group founder and chairman.
Cheah is also on the school’s board of governors.
Since 1997, Cheah and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) have donated RM5mil for the school’s development and enhancement.
“Pusing is my hometown. Aside from our plans to build a bigger college at Sunway City Ipoh, I will continue to support this school and make it better and bigger.
“With our experience and knowledge with the best universities around the world, we will plant as much as possible good culture and values in Pusing,” said Cheah.
The new administrative building costs RM1mil. Construction started in 2003 which was funded by JCF and the school.
In 2018, the expansion of the three-storey building that houses a bigger staff room, administrative offices, additional meeting rooms, a computer lab and a library was completed.
SJK(C) Gunong Hijau has more than 500 pupils and teachers.
“Cheah and his family have been one of the biggest contributors to Pusing’s survival after the collapse of the tin-mining industry in the early 1980s,” said Datuk Lee Kon Yin, the school board of governor’s deputy chairman and organising chairman.
“In a town like Pusing, that has experienced dramatic socio-economic deterioration post the tin-mining era, good education is extremely important.
“His family has been very committed to helping our school since 1997,” he said.
In 2010, JCF was started by Cheah to continue the mandate of Sunway Education Trust set up in 1997.
The foundation has disbursed more than RM400mil in scholarships. As of 2018, it has donated close to RM20mil for upgrades to seven schools nationwide, benefiting thousands of students.