By Nancy Nais
KOTA SAMARAHAN, Jan 20: SJKC Kai Nang is the third school to be relocated by the Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions over a span of 12 years after SJK Chung Hua Sungai Tapang and SJK Chung Hua Bako.
The association’s president Datuk Jonathan Chai Voon Tok revealed that the construction of SJKC Kai Nang’s new premises will cost approximately RM9 million.
SJKC Kai Nang has been relocated from Sibu to a new site at Taman Midway Crescent in Kota Samarahan.
The whole project is expected to be completed by the second half of 2023, hopefully in time for the start of the school year in 2024.
Earlier in his speech at the earth-breaking ceremony for the school’s new premises here today, Chai disclosed that the association is still short of RM5 million to complete the school’s construction and he hoped that Deputy Chief Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian will assist them in completing this historical mission.
“It is no easy task to undertake any relocation and rebuilding of a school. We are indeed very grateful for all the generous assistance and contributions rendered to us. Starting with the initial stage of getting the land converted for educational usage from the Land and Survey Department, then we needed to secure the requisite approval for relocation and building approvals from the Ministry of Education.
“Then came the (getting of) approval of building plans from the local council. The final obstacle was the financial issue whereby we needed to raise enough money to have enough confidence to kick off the project,” Chai said.
He explained that normally the association does not wait until it has raised enough money to kick start their project.
Instead, it will proceed with construction once it has acquired about half of the estimated cost in hand and will continue to raise money while the project is ongoing.
With the continuous support from the Sarawak government, the committee and public in general, Chai asserts Chinese education will continue to flourish and develop in the State. — DayakDaily