PETALING JAYA – Sunway Group Founder and Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah made a personal contribution of RM1 million towards a building fund setup in aid of SMJK Yuk Choy, a 101-year-old school in Perak.
Tan Sri Cheah presented the cheque to the Chairman of the school’s Building Fund Committee, Kwan Foh Kwai, at a charity dinner held at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Bandar Sunway, recently. Also gracing the occasion was YBhg Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, Transport Minister and President of MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association).
“This generous donation is equivalent to half of the RM2 million which we had hoped to raise at this charity dinner. Needless to say, we are deeply touched by Tan Sri’s generosity,” said Kwan.
In presenting the contribution, Cheah said the Sunway Group has always held education close to its heart.
“That is why we set up Sunway University College and Monash University Sunway Campus. In fact, Sunway was the first to start twinning programmes here in Malaysia. We did this as we wanted to reduce the cost burden on parents by having students do part of their degree courses in Malaysia itself,” said Cheah
“These two institutions provide excellent education to many Malaysians, as well as scholarships to deserving students through its Sunway Education Trust Fund. The Fund is now in the midst of being converted into the Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah Foundation” he said.
The fundraising effort was co-organised by the Perak Chinese Assembly Hall, Perak Yuk Choy Old Boy’s Association, Perak Yuk Choy Old Boy’s Association of Federal Territory, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang, and the Parent-Teacher Association of SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh.
Kwan said the school, which was founded in 1908, desperately needed to upgrade its facilities as it is currently in a derelict condition.
“SMJK Yuk Choy is the oldest Chinese school in Perak. Since we established a secondary school on Jalan Kuala Kangsar in Perak, we have faced a shortage of funds and have not been able to upgrade many essential facilities”
“We fear that this situation has directly affected the performance and morale of teachers and pupils at SMJK Yuk Choy, which is why we kicked-off our fundraising efforts. The school currently has more than 2000 students.
“However, we did not expect Cheah to donate RM1 million from his own pocket. He is truly a kind soul,” Kwan said.
According to Kwan, the Building Fund Committee needed to raise a total of RM8 million for a five-storey multi-purpose building, which will include science laboratories, computer rooms, library, language centre, lecture halls and a canteen.
The improved facilities at the new building, he said, will go a long way towards promoting Chinese education and ensuring the quality of the future generations of students that will be nurtured by the school.