SM Chong Hwa, Kuantan: New Chinese Independent School

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Sundaily

Putting SM Chong Hwa issue to a vote

PETALING JAYA (June 16, 2013): Kedah Dong Lian Hui (Chinese School Committees Association) chairman Tan Kok Hooi has proposed a vote by the existing 61 Chinese independent schools to decide whether the UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) examination should be open to SM Chong Hwa of Kuantan.

Suggesting a quick fix for the protracted argument among various quarters concerned with Chinese education, over whether students of the soon-to-be-built school should be allowed to sit for the Chinese independent school benchmark test, Tan said if the majority of the schools say “aye”, Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) should admit SM Chong Hwa unconditionally.

He said in this way, Dong Zong will be absolved of any blame should it later incur the authorities’ wrath, China Press reported today.

Tan said in a statement on Saturday that he is worried if Dong Zong opens UEC to SM Chong Hwa, it might be going against the Education Act 1996, which stipulates that UEC is a closed examination meant only for students from Chinese independent schools.

If the authorities decide to act and Dong Zong is found guilty, it faces not only a jail sentence and a fine, but the prospect of having to stop the conduct of the UEC, he said, adding that the worst-case scenario would affect the survival of the existing Chinese independent schools.

Tan said if the schools vote to allow SM Chong Hwa to conduct the UEC, the school’s board shall apply pressure for the government to amend the letter of approval or to get the prime minister’s and education minister’s permissions for the school to conduct the test.

Contentious points in SM Chong Hwa’s approval letter – that Bahasa Malaysia be used as the medium of instruction for lessons that are to follow the national curriculum and that students must sit for public examinations – have Chinese educationists divided over the school’s status.

While the pro tem school board said it is a bona fide Chinese independent school, Dong Zong has said otherwise and insist its students will not be allowed to sit for the UEC.

Putting SM Chong Hwa issue to a vote

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Sundaily

Chong Hwa will not be affected: Dong Zong

PETALING JAYA (May 27, 2013): Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) deputy president Chow Siew Hon said a new Chinese independent school for Kuantan will not affect SM Chong Hwa, which is being built, as they belong to different categories.

He said Pahang is yet to have a bona fide Chinese independent school, which means the “spirit of 520″ – a resolution adopted at the May 20, 2012 rally in Kuantan to push for a Chinese independent school there – has not been realised.

He was speaking to Sin Chew Daily on Sunday in response to Chong Hwa board chairman Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah’s objection for any plan by Dong Zong to build another Chinese school in Kuantan as Pheng had said that it will compete with Chong Hwa.

However, Chow said Dong Zong and Chinese educationists will not restrict themselves to any town in the east coast state in looking for a suitable site for the school.

“Even if we decide to have the school in Kuantan, it will not affect his (Pheng) school as it (Chong Hwa) is a fee-paying private secondary school,” he said.

He said the Pahang Dong Lian, which is affiliated to Dong Zong, will hold roadshows to give its take on the controversy surrounding Chong Hwa.

Chong Hwa will not be affected: Dong Zong

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While the federation insists that Chong Hwa is a bona fide independent Chinese school and will adopt a “dual-track model”, whereby its students will sit for both government examinations and the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Dong Zong deemed it otherwise due to contentious conditions that it must use Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction and adopt the national curriculum.

Dong Zong is adamant that it will not allow students of Chong Hwa to sit for UEC.

Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) deputy president Chow Siew Hon said allowing students of a non-typical Chinese independent school to sit for UEC, which is a closed examination, will jeopardise the future of the 60 bona fide Chinese schools.

Sundaily

SM Chong Hwa ‘no’ to new school

KUANTAN (May 26, 2013): The board of SM Chong Hwa, the new Chinese independent school in Kuantan, is against any move by Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) to build another such school in the east coast town.

Chong Hwa board chairman Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said he has no objection to Dong Zong wanting to set up a second independent Chinese school in Pahang as long as it is not located in Kuantan.

He was commenting on Dong Zong president Dr Yap Sin Tian’s remark that it intends to seek approval to build an independent school based on resolutions of the May 20 Chinese educationists rally in Kuantan last year.

The government later gave the green light for Chong Hwa to be built but certain terms in the letter of approval put the Federation of Pahang Chinese School Management Boards, which is headed by Pheng and tasked with building the school, at loggerheads with Dong Zong.

While the federation insists that Chong Hwa is a bona fide independent Chinese school and will adopt a “dual-track model”, whereby its students will sit for both government examinations and the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Dong Zong deemed it otherwise due to contentious conditions that it must use Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction and adopt the national curriculum.

Dong Zong is adamant that it will not allow students of Chong Hwa to sit for UEC.

In a press statement on Saturday, Pheng said having another independent Chinese school in the state is not a bad thing but it should not be located in Kuantan or eastern Pahang or pose any form of competition to Chong Hwa, which is trying to get some of the conditions in the approval letter amended.

SM Chong Hwa ‘no’ to new school

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Star Malaysia
24 Mar 2013

Chong Hwa nets RM13.5mil

For a good cause: Najib sharing a light moment with Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan (right) on stage after launching a fund-raising dinner for SM Chong Hwa. With him are (from left) Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and school board chairman Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah. — NORAFIFI EHSAN / The Star

The Prime Minister, who spoke to the cheering thousands who turned up at Stadium Darul Makmur here last night, announced an additional RM3mil contribution from the Government for SM Chong Hwa, whose setting up he described as a win-win decision.

He said that allowing the setting up of the school was in line with the national education policy besides fulfilling the request of the Chinese community for an independent school.

He said the Government backed the use of the dual track system, with which SM Chong Hwa students would be taught. The subjects will be taught in the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) format while complying with the national curriculum through Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

First-class performance: Guests watching the stunning fireworks display during the fundraising dinner at Stadium Darul Makmur. Inset: Chan entertaining the crowd with a song.

http://mystar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

  • 24 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia

Jackie Chan helps raise RM4.5mil for charity

KUANTAN: With the presence of Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, an astounding RM3mil was raised from the auction of two Richard Mille watches and a painting during SM Chong Hwa’s fund-raising dinner and concert.

Each of the items went for RM1mil, putting the total collections at RM13.5mil.

Other large contributions came from president of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce Tan Sri William Cheng, Hua Lian Group chairman Tan Sri Ta Kin Yan and the school’s board chairman Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah.

Between them, they donated a total of RM1.5mil for two of Chan’s encore songs.
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Cheng and Pheng donated RM500,000 each for Chan to perform the first encore, while Ta forked out RM500,000 for the second song

http://mystar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

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Sundaily

Mandarin okayed for SM Chong Hwa

Posted on 31 December 2012 – 09:28pm
Last updated on 1 January 2013 – 12:58pm

PUTRAJAYA (Dec 31, 2012): Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong says the ministry has given the green light for the recently approved SM Chong Hwa in Kuantan to use Mandarin as its medium of instruction and for its students to sit for the Unified Examination.

According to a report in Oriental Daily News today, Wee said the talk some time ago that the school’s pro team board had rejected the approval letter was not true.

He said the board submitted a letter to the ministry stating the type of school it wanted SM Chong Hwa to be, and the ministry gave a positive reply in early December. He hoped this would put an end to disputes over the status of the supposedly Chinese independent school.

Earlier, while the board sought to have the approval letter amended, Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) considered the school as just another national school because the letter said it was to use Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction and to follow the national school curriculum.

Mandarin okayed for SM Chong Hwa

BETRAYED!

The Kuantan Hwa Chong will NOT be a Chinese Independent School but a National-type Secondary School.

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Malaysian Insider

Wee: Chinese school in Kuantan two years away

 September 22, 2012

KUANTAN, Sept 22

KUANTAN, Sept 22 — The first private secondary Chinese school to be built here is expected to be ready in two years.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong said the school would enable Chinese students to study until the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

“The Education Ministry had approved an application from the Kuantan Chinese Schools Management Board for its construction, on July 26.
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“The management board is also weighing the idea of opening a temporary school before the actual school opens to enable students to start studying earlier,” he added. — Bernama

Wee: Chinese school in Kuantan two years away

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Will Kuantan Hwa Chong be a Chinese Independent School or a National-type Secondary School?

The Kuantan Hwa Chong school, which will be the only Chinese independent school in Pahang, was approved by the government following a 5,000-strong protest led by Dong Zong.

It is supposed to be a Chinese Independent School in which students will prepare for the UEC.

However, a copy of the approval letter, which has been leaked online, shows  that the conditions imposed are for a national-type secondary school.

Malaysian Insider

Chinese community caught in education dilemma
  • Daphne Loke
  • 1:30PM Aug 25, 2012

On July 28 Chinese dailies were splashed with headlines on government approval for a new Independent Chinese Secondary School in Kuantan.

When interviewed by the press, Ding expressed relief that the new school would be allowed to follow the system practiced by the Kuala Lumpur Chong Hwa High School whereby it could run the Chinese UEC system in parallel with the National Education System.

This was confirmed by the MCA president who was the star of the event.

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The response of another educationist saying that he would only comment after going through all the seven pages of the approval letter triggered off a document chase for the other six pages of the approval letter.

For the next 26 days, the Chinese media was fired up with wild guesses, accusations, finger-pointing, name-calling and assumptions of all kinds. But there was no revelation of six pages of the document.

On Aug 21, all the seven pages of the approval letter appeared in an online blog revealing that the approval was for a private Sekolah Menengah to be operated in full compliance with the Education Act 1996 which required the medium of instruction to be the national language.

There was no mention of the Chinese UEC education system. Protests among the Chinese community once again filled the pages of the media.

Chinese community caught in education dilemma

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Malaysiakini

MCA insists gov’t approved Chinese independent school
  • Nigel Aw
  • 2:13PM Aug 23, 2012

MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek insisted today that the recently approved Kuantan Chong Hwa school is in fact a Chinese independent school, not a national secondary school.

This comes despite a copy of the approval letter, which has been leaked online, showing  that the conditions imposed are for a national-type secondary school.

“To me, it is a Chinese independent school. If you want to play it up in the media, you can play it up,” Chua told a press conference in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.

According to the leaked letter, the Chinese independent school’s medium of language would be Malay.

Furthermore, the letter states that the school must abide by the National Secondary School Syllabus (KBSM) and its students would be required to take the PMR and SPM examinations.

It makes no mention of the Unified Examination Ceritificate (UEC), which is the main qualification examination for independent Chinese schools.

However, Chua insisted that the Malay language was merely referring to the exams under the KBSM syllabus such as PMR and SPM.

“If you want to take KBSM exams, of course you use Malay, if you want to take UEC, then only will you use Mandarin.

Whenit was pointed out that the agreement made no mention of UEC exams for the school, Chua insisted that the letter clearly states the approval was based on the contents of the application.

“Whatever that was inside the application form, all of them were passed,” he said.

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ccording to a Sin Chew Daily report, the Kuala Lumpur Chung Hwa independent school’s board of governors vice-chairperson Lim Yew Jin had conceded that there were ‘discrepancies’ between the application put in for the school and what was actually approved.

Asked if MCA would help rectify the discrepancies, Chua said the party would make an official comment only after Kuantan Chong Hwa’s board of directors clarified the matter.

MCA insists gov’t approved Chinese independent school

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Chua Soi Lek: Johor’s case is different.

Blogger:   (Meaning: MCA won’t help push for another Chinese Independent School in Johor. Johor is an Umno stronghold. UMNO believes that it won’t need MCA or the Chinese vote, so it isn’t going to allow itself to be seen as weak by allowing a new Chinese Independent School in Segamat.)

Malaysiakini

Chinese school: Johor’s case is different, says Chua
  • Nigel Aw
  • 6:32PM Jul 31, 2012

The demand for a Chinese independent school to be built in Segamat in Johor is different from that for one in Kuantan, Pahang, which has since been approved by the federal government, says MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek.

“Within the surrounding area (of Segamat), there are two other independent schools. One is in Sungai Mati which is 45 minutes away and another is about an hour away, in Yong Peng.

“In the case of Pahang, we felt there was a need for a Chinese independent school because the state is so big and there is no independent Chinese school there,” Chua told a press conference today after the party’s presidential council meeting at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.

He was responding to a 3,000-strong protest in Segamat last Sunday organised by Chinese educationalist group Dong Zong that demanded the setting up of a local branch of the Batu Pahat-based Hua Ren independent school.

Responding to the protest, Chua said the group was entitled to hold such rallies under the Peaceful Assembly Act but he put the turnout at 2,000 people.

Asked if the protest would prompt MCA to lobby the federal government for the school, Chua replied: “What do you mean follow-up? We have always been deeply involved in mother tongue education, whether there is a rally or no rally, whether anybody says anything or not.”

Pressed on MCA’s stance about an independent Chinese high school for Segamat, as the people demanded, he replied: “We will need to deliberate further.”

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Chinese school: Johor’s case is different, says Chua

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Malaysiakini

Dong Zong rallies for Segamat school
4:48PM Jul 29, 2012

More than 3,000 people today rallied in Segamat Johor to pressure the federal government to allow the revival of a Chinese independent high school in the town.

segamat chinese independent school rally 090712 bannerOrganised by Chinese educationist group Dong Zong and local Chinese guilds, it is the third of its kind in four months.

Held at a field in Kampung Abdullah, rally participants mostly wore red to symbolise their struggle.

The event, which lasted one hour, saw two resolutions being passed.

Firstly, participants expressed their support for the revival of the Seg Hwa independent school and the establishment of a branch for Seg Hwa secondary school.

Secondly, participants urged the education department to respect the board of governors of Chinese schools and allow it to have more say.

Dong Zong rallies for Segamat school

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Star

Sunday July 29, 2012 MYT 3:33:00 PM

Rally for a Chinese school in Segamat

By NELSON BENJAMIN

SEGAMAT: Over 7,000 signatures were collected at a rally organised by Chinese educationists here in support of a Chinese independent school to be build here.

Various Chinese associations and non-governmental organisations nationwide sent their representatives to the rally held at Kampung Abdullah field on Sunday.

Present were MCA leaders, including Jementah assemblyman Datuk Lee Hong Tee.

On hand to address the crowd were organising chairperson Ser Lai Hing and Dong Zong chairman Dr Yap Sin Tian.

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May 20 Rally succeeds: There will be a new Chinese Independent School in Kuantan.

Next target: another in Segamat. The original Seg Hwa Independent Chinese High School in Segamat was converted into a national secondary school after the introduction of the Education Act 1961.

Malaysiakini

Another mega-rally for Segamat Chinese school
  • Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
  • 8:35AM Jul 27, 2012

After the May 20 mega-rally in Kuantan that succeeded in forcing the government to establish an independent Chinese high school in the Pahang capital, Chinese educationists plan a repeat of their feat, this time in the BN stronghold of Johor.

NONEJointly organised by Dong Zong – the umbrella body of the boards of governors of Chinese schools – and Chinese education groups and associations in Johor, the rally aims to gather at least 2,000 people at Padang Kg Abdullah in Segamat on Sunday.

They want the government to give the green light to either revive the Seg Hwa Independent Chinese High School or the establishment of a new independent Chinese school in Segamat.

“We hope the government will give in to the people’s demands and approve the establishment of a Chinese independent high school in Segamat as soon as possible,” Dong Zong said in a statement issued last week.

It called on members of the public to attend the July 29 rally in red clothes, and Chinese associations throughout the country are busy hiring buses to take their members to the venue.

The Segamat Chinese community has been demanding a Chinese independent high school since the 1980s.

The original Seg Hwa Independent Chinese High School in Segamat was converted into a national secondary school after the introduction of the Education Act 1961.

There are now 60 independent Chinese high schools nationwide. They use Mandarin as the medium of teaching and are governed by their own boards of governors.

Another mega-rally for Segamat Chinese school

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What happened to Blogger and his Media friends

Taman Kaya Mob goes amok again and attacks Blogger, 14 July 2012

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Kaya Death Curse?

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Malaysian Insider

Kuantan to get Chinese vernacular school

UPDATED @ 02:37:39 PM 27-07-2012
July 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — Putrajaya approved today the building of a new independent Chinese school in Kuantan, more than two months after a mammoth rally in the city and ahead of a repeat this Sunday in Segamat, Johor.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong announced today that the new school would modelled after the Chong Hwa Independent High School in the national capital and offer both the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), accepted by most Chinese education institutions, and the national SPM school-leaving examinations.

The move is seen to be a feather in the cap for the MCA, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Chinese party, in the run-up to a key general election due soon.

There are currently 60 Chinese independent schools in Malaysia, but none in Pahang.

Education is a major issue among the Chinese community and is set to be a crucial issue in the run-up to national polls, speculated to be called in September after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

The MCA, which professes to champion the rights of the Chinese community, had pushed the Education Ministry to fast-track the application submitted by the Kuala Lumpur Chung Hwa independent high school on July 18 after Chinese educationists lead a massive demonstration numbering some 4,000 people in the east coast city last May 20.

Kuantan to get Chinese vernacular school

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3 Responses to SM Chong Hwa, Kuantan: New Chinese Independent School

  1. Pingback: CHINESE EDUCATION IN MALAYSIA | weehingthong

  2. Wiseman Chong says:

    There maybe 2 simple reasons why Segamat cant get that Independent school:
    1) Johor is BN’s fixed deposit state,
    2) Lynas fiasco not in Segamat.
    Hope MCA/BN not that naive to undermind Kuantan’s voters,hoping by that independant school kuantan folks will forget the Lynas issue???

  3. Pingback: CHINESE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS | weehingthong

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