The United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (“Dong Zong”) was established on 22 August 1954, formed by the Association of Chinese School Management Boards or the Association of Chinese School Management Boards and Teachers of each state in the country. The Association of Chinese School Management Boards of each state and the National Chinese School Committees’ Association are registered societies under the Societies Act, whilst the Management Boards of the respective Chinese Schools are organisations under the Education Act. The members of a Management Board are elected through a General Assembly of sponsors, which typically consists of local individuals concerned about mother-tongue education. After its establishment in 1954, Dong Zong has worked closely with the United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia (“Jiao Zong”) in fighting for the ethnic rights of the Chinese community. Bound by their common agenda against unequal policies, these two major leading organisations for Chinese Education quickly became close allies, and together were then named “Dong Jiao Zong”. Such relationship has remained to this day. After half a century of struggles, hardships and challenges, Dong Jiao Zong has firmly established its vivid image as the spokesperson for Chinese Education in Malaysia and the leading organisation for Chinese-community-run education.
The members of a State Association of Chinese School Management Boards essentially comprise the school boards of Chinese Independent High Schools and Chinese Primary Schools within the state. The Chinese community of each area in the country establishes and manages schools through the setting up of school management boards. The Chinese School Management Board of each community is the grassroot organisation of Dong Zong, and the caretaker of Chinese Education in such area. The Chinese School Management Boards have for a long time been responsible for the running of schools and education, producing talented individuals for the Chinese community and the country, as well as sharing educational responsibilities with the government. Moreover, in its resistance against monolingual education policies, Dong Zong spares no efforts in defending and developing mother-tongue education for the Chinese community.
(1) Unite members of the Association to safeguard and develop Chinese Education in Malaysia.
(2) Study and promote matters on the building and reform of Chinese schools in Malaysia, including matters regarding curricula, examinations, teachers, education funds and others.
(3) Enhance and strengthen the connection among members of Chinese School Boards in the country.
(4) Rally the power of the Chinese communities in Malaysia to strategise together on improving and promoting matters relating to Chinese Education.
(5) Represent the Chinese School Management Boards of all Chinese Schools in Malaysia to discuss and negotiate with the government on all matters relating to Chinese Schools.
(6) Plan and strategise on the cooperation between Chinese School Boards and Chinese School teachers in Malaysia.
(7) Promote the goodwill and unity among the various races.
(8) Purchase, lease or exchange, hire-purchase or acquire in any other form movable or immovable properties deemed by the Association as beneficial to its objectives.
(9) Manage all or any part of the Association’s properties, whether through sale, management, lease, charging of fees, construction or any other means of handling.
The current members of Dong Zong are from the Assocation of Chinese School Management Boards or the Association of Chinese School Management Boards and Teachers of the following states:
3. Negeri Sembilan
4. Selangor and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putra Jaya
13. Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan