KUCHING: Women school teachers have won praises from Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian who said that they move society forward.
“I want to thank and give acknowledgement to women in providing education. You are at the forefront of nation building.
“Teaching is a noble profession and, indeed, without you, the nation will not move,” he said at the prize presentation for creative writing competition for Chinese schools in Malaysia.
He said even her mother, who studied up to Standard 5, knows the value of education.
“I learn a lot from her and what she educated me was more than the formal education,” he said.
Dr Sim also emphasised on the importance of education among the younger generation.
He said only those who are fully equipped with education will survive in this very competitive world.
On the writing competition, Dr Sim said he is confident that it will lead to greater rapport and close relationship among the students and teachers.
He said the participants who come from other parts of the country will have an opportunity to learn and understand more on the cultures and customs of the various races in Sarawak.
Sarawak Education director Rakayah Madon, in her speech, urged school children to learn their mother tongue, apart from Bahasa Malaysia and English.
“You should not let the technological advancement destroys your mother tongue or Bahasa Malaysia,” she said.
Rakayah said the creative writing competition in Mandarin is good as it encourages the participants to deepen their command of the language.
“The Education Ministry encourages this kind of activity among the students and is supported by the State Education Department and the Divisional Education offices,” she said.
Rakayah said creative writing competition in Mandarin also helps to promote the Chinese culture, especially among the younger generation towards their mother tongue.
About 150 students from Chinese schools throughout the country took part in the three-day competition, which ended today. – dayakdaily.com