The Education Ministry has finally issued the approval letter for a brand-new independent Chinese high school in Kuantan, more than a month after MCA announced that it had been approved.

This school will be named Sekolah Menengah Chung Hwa and was “approved as per request” by the Kuala Lumpur Chong Hwa independent Chinese high school, said Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong.

NONEThis means that it is compulsory for its students to sit for both the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.

The ministry’s director-general Abdul Ghafar Mahmud handed over the approval letter to Lim Yew Jin, the deputy chairperson of the board of the KL Chong Hwa high school, witnessed by Wee, MCA president Chua Soi Lek and Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia president Pheng Yin Huah.

‘No conditions set by the government’

Speaking at a press conference later, Wee said that this school is not a branch school of KL Chong Hwa and the approval was granted without any conditions by the ministry.

“The first paragraph of the approval letter is the most important thing, which states that the Education Ministry officially approves the application. Hence I think this sentence covers everything.

“KL Chong Hwa high school is a bit special, it has classes from Monday to Saturday, from 7.30am to 3.15pm, they (Kuantan Chong Hwa) will follow the model of this school,” he said.

Hwong Seng, the principal of KL Chong Hwa, said that the school had made it compulsory for its students to sit for the UEC and SPM for the past 20 years, and Kuantan Chong Hwa will follow suit.

Pheng revealed that the a property developer had agreed to donate a 15 acre site at Bunut Rendang, Mukim, for the new school, which is located 6km from Kuantan town.

He said that the association will launch a series of fund-raising activities for the construction for the new school, as well as seek assistance from the government and MCA.