Chua looks into issues affecting those in Bercham
LEADERS are expected to go down to the ground to understand and solve issues affecting the rakyat.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong went one step further by hearing grouses of Bercham folks in Ipoh despite being the MP for Labis in Johor.
He also visited SJK (C) Bercham to look at the upgrading works being carried out at the school.
School principal Yap Kim Fatt told Chua that the school was putting up three new blocks of building which are three-storeys high to have more classrooms.
Also being built are covered badminton and basketball courts, a guard post and a covered walkway leading from its main gate to the school building.
Briefing Chua on the progress of the upgrading works, Yap said the guard post and covered walkway had been completed whereas the badminton and basketball courts were expected to be ready by the year end.
“The new classrooms are already 60% completed and should be ready by March next year.
“Our concern now is raising enough funds to purchase supplies like desks, chairs, blackboards and a public address system,” Yap said.
Chua, who is also an MCA presidential council member, suggested that the school lists out its requests and submit it to the Education Ministry and a copy to the party.
“The MCA will assist the school in its application for the various items,” he said.
In a dialogue session later, Chua listened to a request by the school board of governors to set up a conforming school (better known as Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan) for its pupils to further their education.
“I will speak to Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong. There are many factors involved in the setting up of a conforming school including finding a suitable location and the necessary manpower.
“As such, it is best for Dr Wee to look into the matter,” said Chua.
He also gave an allocation of RM3,000 to the Bercham Area Volunteer Security Association to boost its efforts in keeping the residential area safe.
Later, Chua had a dialogue session with Taman Pakatan flat residents where they voiced out their problems including land issues, unemployment and the need for a community hall.
He also presented 300 packets of rice to the poor, single parents and the disabled living at the flats.