Educationist's resignation a big surprise


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  • Wednesday, 01 Jan 2003

VETERAN Chinese educationist and retired schoolteacher, Loot Ting Yee, announced his resignation from Jiao Zong, a Chinese education watchdog body of which he had been deputy chairman since 1964. 

Leading Chinese newspapers reported that Loot’s resignation, which would take effect from Jan 1, came as a surprise particularly to the Chinese education circle. 

Without giving any prior indication about his resignation, Loot, 73, surprised the community when he announced his decision at a fund-raising ceremony organised by the Dong Jiao Zong at its headquarters in Kajang on Monday, according to the Chinese press. 

He declined to elaborate on his resignation except to say that it had nothing to do with the internal affairs of the Dong Jiao Zong, according to Nanyang Siang Pau. 

Loot was first elected the Jiao Zong deputy chairman in 1965, when Datuk Sim Mou Yu, a Chinese school headmaster from Malacca, headed the association. 

When Sim stepped down in 1994, Loot contested for the chairman’s post but was defeated by newcomer, Wong Kow Yee, a Chinese school headmaster from Negri Sembilan. 

Nanyang Siang Pau also reported that the failure of Dong Jiao Zong in making progress to promote Chinese education in the past could have pushed Loot to quit. 

The Dong Zong, the United Chinese Schools Committees Association and Jiao Zong, the United Chinese Schools Committee Association, which are collectively known as the Dong Jiao Zong, function together in safeguarding the development of Chinese education in the country. 

Sin Chew Daily reported a Perak business tycoon came to the rescue of a Chinese primary school, which was on the brink of closing down due to a lack of enrolment. 

It said Kampar MCA MP Tan Sri Hew See Tong agreed to donate 0.5ha of land in one of his housing development projects near the Kampar town for the relocation of SK Pei Min in Gopeng. 

Since its setup on Dec 1, the housing arbitration court had not heard any disputes from the buying and selling of houses, the China Press reported. 

The secretary of the housing arbitration court, Wan Hussein Wan Hassan, told the newspaper that no housing dispute had been referred to the court for arbitration since it was set up a month ago under the Housing Developer Act 2002 to resolve disputes between buyers and developers.  

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