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By Christopher Lidom
KUCHING, July 7: Studying in Chinese vernacular schools doesn’t make one less Malay, Iban or Bidayuh, says Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.
In pointing this out, Lo said SJK Chung Hua Mile 10 has one of the largest student enrolment among Chinese schools in Sarawak and 42 per cent of its students are Bumiputera.
“It goes to show that Sarawakians can accommodate, adapt and live harmoniously with each other,” Lo told reporters when met after the launching ceremony for SJK Chung Hua Mile 10’s new kindergarten building here today.
Lo said by sending their children to Chinese vernacular schools, Bumiputera parents are not only being practical, but they also recognised the education standard provided by these schools.
Apart from that, he pointed out that being fluent in more than one language is also an asset when the children grow up because modern business is borderless, such as international business transactions with China, Australia, Singapore and many others.
The new kindergarten consists of a two-storey building with six classroom and was built at a cost of RM520,000.
Currently, only two classroom are open for a total of 50 students (25 each) while the rest are used as a teachers’ room and for other purpose. — DayakDaily