Whole lotto luck for school
JASIN: SJK (Cina) Jasin Lalang in Ayer Merbau here was built using lottery winnings donated by villagers.
Machap Baru assemblyman Lai Meng Chong said local residents had contributed a portion of their lottery winnings to build the school at its present premises in the 1990s.
Lai, who used to be an aide to former human resources minister Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, said the school had been sharing its premises with a Tamil primary school in an oil palm plantation in Jasin Lalang before being relocated to Ayer Merbau in 1992.
He said the school – with an enrolment of about 100 pupils – was also the first Chinese primary school in Malacca to get approval for relocation.
The school’s parent-teacher association chairman, Chong Hai Kian, said it had used up the Education Ministry’s allocation of RM40,000 to buy a two-acre (0.8ha) plot of land in Ayer Merbau.
Chong, who also studied in the school in the 1960s, said the villagers and school board had to raise a few hundred thousands of ringgit for the school building.
“Many villagers prayed in a temple. They struck four-digit (lottery) and donated money to the temple, which in turn channelled the money to the school’s building fund.
“This went on for some time until we got enough funds to build the school,” said Chong, adding that both the school board and villagers had mooted the relocation plans in 1989.
He said the school – which recently built a computer room – had six classrooms, a staff room and a multi-purpose room.
He added that the villagers would hold a thanksgiving dinner on March 12.