Tuesday August 21, 2012
Musical raises more than RM300,000 for school
By JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI
Photo by RAYMOND OOI
THE Xim Phou Moon Welfare Society recently organised a musical, titled the Legend of Lai La and performed by members of the Dramatic Art Society, to raise funds for SJK (C) La Salle at the Thean Hou Temple Hall in Kuala Lumpur.
Present at the show were Xim Phou Moon founder and president Datuk Tan Leong Hoo, the school’s Board of Governors president Tan Loon Swan, UOC group director Cecelia Chan, Parent Teacher Association chairman Wu Wai Keun and school headmistress Chai Boey Kiat as well as students, teachers and donors of the event.
Some 800 guests attended the event.
The main sponsor, UOA Group, contributed RM300,000 for the event and the show managed to raise a total of RM323,999.
Organising chairman Loo Phan Kooi said SJK (C) La Salle, which was established in 1953, was facing difficulties finding permanent premises and had moved from one place to another until 1962.
“La Salle and SJK (C) St Teresa where sharing the same premises in Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur. Both schools only had 0.8ha of land and faced inconvenience such as congestion, lack of classrooms and limited sports facilities,” he said.
“The board of governors decided to resolve the problem by moving out of the premises as it was the only solution,” he added.
In 2008, the school received approval from the Education Ministry to relocate to a new premises in Kuala Lumpur.
“The school finally obtained approval from the ministry to build a new school on 1.7ha of land near Sri Petaling,” said Loo.
The project included a three storey building with 18 classrooms, an administration office, staff room, science labs and a canteen block.
The project commenced in July 2011 and was completed at the end of 2011 and the students began attending classes in their new school on June 11, 2012.
“With the support of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and the deputy education minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, the education ministry granted RM5mil to aid the construction of the project which had a total cost of RM7mil. The balance was donated by parents, alumni, local residents and donors,” Loo said.
“Due to the increasing number of pupils and population in the nearby area, the school’s board of governors are planning to build a new five-storey building which will bring the total number of classrooms to 42,” he said.
“There is also a plan to have a proper field and auditorium and to expand the canteen so that it can accommodate 1,500 students.
“The construction work is expected to start at the beginning of 2013. However, the plan requires a further RM4mil to be raised. We hope the public will support the project,” Loo added.