Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

RM500,000 Govt aid for Marudu kindergarten

KOTA MARUDU, 2 December -- The Government extends financial assistance for the development of schools including privately-run national type schools as it recognises their role in education in the country, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.


He said the national-type schools were acknowledged by the Government for their contribution to nation building and as an institution that produces quality education.

"The key to Malaysia's success is education. The key to our children's success is education, more so in the rural areas where education is pivotal in elevating the economic status of the family as well as the community," he said at a fund-raising dinner, recently.

The funds will go towards construction costs of a new three-storey building with 21 classrooms for Tadika Khoi Ming in Kota Marudu.

He said that it was due to this recognition that he managed to obtain a special allocation of RM500,000 from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce's efforts to raise money for the kindergarten.

Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu MP, presented the contribution to Chairman of the fundraising committee, Lu Kim Yen.

Lu, who is also Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce Chairman, revealed that he contributed RM25,000 towards the fund.

Building, construction and civil engineering company Ekovest Berhad donated RM100,000 towards the cause while Y&Y Muhibbah Enterprise Co gave RM70,000. Some 60 individuals and organisations also contributed to the total sum of RM780,000 collected to-date.

"The Government, namely the Deputy Prime Minister, was convinced the kindergarten deserved assistance.

"The school not only has Chinese pupils but 70 per cent of the children are Bumiputera. Tadika Khoi Ming is an institution that promotes racial integration," Ongkili said.

The Government assistance complemented the support shown by the private sector and individuals who contributed to the building fund.

"The support by the community is commendable and reflects the importance and value the community places on education. This is laudable so we need all efforts to provide more education opportunities for our children," he said.

Also present was Sabah Publishing House (SPH) Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk Clement Yeh as sponsor of the Overseas Chinese Daily News Children Singing Competition held in conjunction with the charity dinner.

Other sponsors present included Ekovest Bhd Managing Director Datuk Lim Keng Cheng and Y&Y Muhibbah Enterprise Co. representative Lim Si Yap.

Ongkili thanked the private sector for their generosity, including Sabah Publishing House for supporting the fundraising event through the children singing competition that received overwhelming response with 50 children taking part.

On his latest initiative to improve the education facilities, this year Ongkili has managed to obtain sponsorship from Yayasan AlBukhary to build four rural hostels, namely in SK Pantai in Pitas and SK Tanjung Batu, SK Timbang Batu and SK Tagibang in the Kota Marudu constituency.

"We have also initiated an 'Excellent A Student Project' whereby UPSR pupils outside the district office rating area in Kota Marudu will receive RM100 for each A grade they score.

"This is in keeping with our belief that education is key to one's success in life," he said.