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RM300,000 raised for national-type Chinese schools’ needy students

KOTA KINABALU:  A total of RM300,000 was raised during the Chinese New Year ‘Ang Pow’ Charity Dinner organised by the Association of Sabah National-Type Chinese School Management Committees in aid of needy students on Saturday night.

Liew and Liang (centre) witnessing the handing-over of the cheque replica by Lim (at right) to Mistirine. SNT Pix/Credit Tourism Minister

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who was the guest of honour, witnessed the handing-over of the cheque replica of the amount raised by the association’s President Ben Lim Kiat Kong to the State Education Director Mistirine Radin at the event attended by about 1,200 people.

“The State Government has full support for Chinese education and Chinese vernacular schools in Sabah,” she said.

Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, sportingly rendered a Mandarin number (The Moon Represents My Heart) in contributing to the success of the Association’s fund-raising efforts.

Meanwhile, Lim said Sabah has 83 national-type Chinese primary schools and eight national-type Chinese secondary schools throughout the state.

“We have identified some 1,650 needy students, regardless of race, from the 91 national-type Chinese primary and secondary schools, and plan to give each of them a RM200 ang pow,” he said.

Also present were the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide, Assistant Minister of Finance, Kenny Chua, Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation, Jenifer Lasimbang, former State Minister for Special Duties, Datuk Teo Chee Kang, MP for Kota Kinabalu, Chan Foong Hin, President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS), Tan Sri T.C. Goh and Chief Event Planner Henry -SabahNewsToday