Denial of Chinese Vernacular Schools Construction/Relocation Plan Transfixed Dong Jiao Zong Urges Transparent Development Disclosure

Joint Statement Released by Dong Zong and Jiao Zong

September 1, 2020

Denial of Chinese Vernacular Schools Construction/Relocation Plan Transfixed

Dong Jiao Zong Urges Transparent Development Disclosure

In response to the Deputy Minister of Education Muslimin Yahaya’s denial on the construction and relocation plan of Chinese vernacular schools and viewing it as past news and issue, Dong Jiao Zong is transfixed and urges the government to disclose the details shortly hence to settle the doubts on the said matter.


1. Prior to the 14th National Election, the then Minister of Education Mahdzir Bin Khalid pronounced the approval of the construction of 10 and relocation of 6 Chinese vernacular schools on October 26, 2017. The pronouncement was widely reported on news media including the official media.


List of 10 Chinese vernacular schools to be constructed and their location:

Johor (total 5):

(1) SJK(C) Kuek Ho Yao, Johor (Mount Austin, Johor Bahru)

(2) SJK(C) Sim Mow Yu, Johor (Meridin East, Johor Bahru)

(3) SJK(C) Tun HS Lee, Johor (Bandar Cemerlang, Ulu Tiram, Johor Bahru)

(4) SJK(C) Tan Kah Kee, Johor (Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru)

(5) SJK(C) Cheah Fah, Johor (Sunway Iskandar)

Selangor (total 5):

(6) SJK(C) Lee Loy Seng, Selangor (Bandar Seri Coalfields)

(7) SJK(C) Sunsuria, Selangor (Bandar Sunsuria)

(8) SJK(C) Tun Ong Yoke Lin, Selangor (Gamuda Cove)

(9) SJK(C) Tun Lim Chong Eu, Selangor (Eco Grandeur)

(10) SJK(C) Too Joon Hing, Selangor (Dengkil)

List of 6 Chinese vernacular schools to be relocated and their location:

(1) SJK(C) Poay Chai, Singkir, Kedah (to be relocated to Taman Bukit Indah, Johor)

(2) SJK(C) Pei Min, Gopeng, Perak (to be relocated to Puchong Perdana, Selangor)

(3) SJK(C) Aik Hua, Taiping, Perak (to be relocated to Kota Seriemas, Negeri Sembilan)

(4) SJK(C) Ladang Regent, Negeri Sembilan (to be relocated to Bandar Elmina, Selangor)

(5) SJK(C) Panching, Kuantan (to be relocated to Kota SAS, Kuantan)

(6) SJK(C) Ladang Grisek, Bukit Gambir, Johor (to be relocated to Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang, Johor)


2.  Immediately after the national election, the Ministry of Education announced their decision to proceed with the said “10+6 Chinese Vernacular Schools Construction and Relocation Plan” only the location for certain schools reviewed and in addition, putting another 10 earlier approved to be unconstructed/relocated schools into consideration thus formed the reviewed plan for a total of 26 schools, viz., the “10+6+10 Plan”. According to the news reported on January 31 this year, all the mentioned schools were incorporated in the construction/relocation plan pronounced by the then Deputy Education Minister Ms Teo Nie Ching.


3. Dong Jiao Zong persists, the said construction and relocation plan was approved by the former MOE in black and white and has since advanced partially, the brush-of and denial of the plan by the incumbent Deputy Education Minister should not have occurred in the first place.


4. Dong Jiao Zong is indeed transfixed by the statement made by the Deputy Education Minister Muslimin Yahaya that “the MOE is not planning to construct and relocate Chinese vernacular schools” as it belies the reality. The above comment made by the Deputy Education Minister has deplored and fazed the Chinese community profusely. As such, Dong Jiao Zong urges the government to clarify the matter and disclose the development details of the construction and relocation of the schools to ensure a correct understanding.