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) To unite the members and to promote and develop the cause of Chinese education in Malaysia.
(2) To discuss, promote and manage jointly the affairs pertaining to the development and amelioration of the Chinese schools in Malaysia, including the curricula, examinations, teachers, education funds and other related matters.
(3) To strengthen and consolidate the relationship among the board of governor of the Chinese schools in Malaysia.
(4) To unite and consolidate the strength of the Chinese community in Malaysia in seeking to improve Chinese schools and promote the cause of Chinese education.
(5) To represent the board of governor of the Chinese schools in Malaysia in negotiating with government on all matters in respect of the Chinese schools.
(6) To seek the co-operation between the board of governor and the teachers of the Chinese schools in Malaysia.
(7) To foster harmony and unity among different ethnic groups.
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, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Federal Territory of Putrajaya
13. Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan