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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

(The Star) Fastest approval process for a Chinese school

JOHOR BARU: It was a happy occasion for SJK (C) Poay Chai board members, who flew all the way from Singkir Darat in Kedah to Taman Bukit Indah, Pulai.

They were there to witness the finalisation for the school’s building documents in its new Johor location, as well as the unveiling of its blueprint.

The national-type Chinese primary school had not had any students since 2015, in Kedah, and only a caretaker headmaster to ensure the school was still running.

The event ysterday was offi­ciated by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Also present were incumbent Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Barisan Nasional candidate for the Perling state seat Wong You Fong.

“When all permits are approved, we can start construction.

“We are confident the school can be completed on time and start accepting students for the 2020 school term,” Liow told reporters at the event.

He said the Barisan manifesto for this general election gave emphasis to Chinese primary schools.

SJK (C) Poay Chai’s land area will cover 2.42ha. The first phase of construction will have 30 rooms in a three-storey building.

Dr Wee said construction costs are still being calculated and gave an estimation it would run into a few million ringgit.

“If you want to talk about the fastest approval process for national-type Chinese schools, it will have to be Johor.

“In comparison to Selangor, it took 10 years to get a school built as a local council there kept delaying and putting up numerous obstacles for one-and-a-half years,” said Dr Wee.

Chairman of the school board of governors Tan Thiam Yew, 53, said he was thankful to MCA for helping in the relocation process of the school.