State govt looking into moving CHMS No. 4 to a bigger location

A car is seen passing by Chung Hua Middle School No 4, along Jalan Datuk Taha in Kuching.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Aug 8: The State government has been negotiating with the management of Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) No. 4 located at Jalan Haji Taha here, on relocating the school to a much bigger area.

In revealing this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg noted that the current site, which is slightly over an acre, has become too small for the school to be further expanded to provide for a more conducive environment, including sports facilities.

“Negotiation is still on(going). We see what happens after that. Of course, the state government has to help,” he told a press conference after making a site visit to the new RM50 million Sungai Bintangor Bridge at Jalan Ajibah Abol here today.

When contacted, chairman of the Board of Management of Kuching Chung Hua Middle Schools No. 1, 3 and 4 Dato Richard Wee confirmed that a negotiation has been ongoing since last year.

He disclosed that the school management is now looking for a suitable and strategic location in Kuching where no such facility is currently available.

“It still under negotiation and I don’t think it will happen before the state election. So, it could most probably materialise only after that,” he said.

On a related issue, Wee, who is also Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations president, disclosed that the state government has identified a piece of land near Kuching Heart Centre, Kota Samarahan here to be developed by the school management to provide sustainable income for the maintenance of Chinese schools in Sarawak.—DayakDaily