Mah: New Chinese school to open January

Much to be done: Dr Mah (in blue shirt) visiting site of the collapsed retaining wall at SJKT Bandar Seri Alam, Johor.

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Puteri will have a new Chinese primary school soon with the completion of SJKC Cheah Fah, which is slated to begin classes next January.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the RM15mil school located in Sunway Iskandar was currently 85% completed, some 5% ahead of schedule.

He said construction was expected to finish in August, with the school expected to receive its Certificate of Completion and Compliance in October.

“If all goes well, we expect classes to begin in January 2022. The school can accommodate more than 900 pupils. It will be quite impressive with 24 classrooms and an air-conditioned multi-purpose hall.

“They are also in the middle of obtaining approval to include a swimming pool at the back of the school, ” he said after inspecting the progress on Thursday.

Dr Mah noted that the building of a school did not just stop at the hardware and infrastructure, as it would also include aspects such as a conducive environment for the pupils.

Mah was on a one-day visit to Johor Baru where he also met with state Education Department officers to discuss the progress of another Chinese primary school, SJKC Sim Mow Yu in Plentong, which closed its tender process ahead of schedule.

He also visited SJKT Bandar Seri Alam as well to look at its damaged retaining wall which collapsed in January due to heavy rain.

He said the construction of a new retaining wall, using a different technique and construction materials, as well as its drainage system was in progress and would be completed by May 15.

Mah ended his visit by attending a piling ceremony at SJKC Poay Chai in Taman Bukit Indah, which was relocated from Kedah.

In 2017, the Barisan Nasional-led government approved the construction of five new Chinese primary schools and two relocated schools in Johor.

The five schools were SJKC Kuek Ho Yao in Tebrau, SJKC Sim Mow Yu in Plentong, SJKC HS Lee in Ulu Tiram, SJKC Tan Kah Kee in Iskandar Puteri and SJKC Cheah Fah.

The government also announced the relocation of SJKC Poay Chai from Kedah as well as SJKC Ladang Grisek from Tangkak, Johor, to Taman Kota Masai, which has already started operating.

However, when Pakatan Harapan took over the administration, the construction of SJKC Tan Kah Kee was struck out, reducing the number of new SJKCs to four.

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