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jeffooi
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posted 30-04-2002 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffooi   Click Here to Email jeffooi     Edit/Delete Message
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
4:17pm Tue Apr 30th, 2002

Further delay in Chinese school construction angers lobby group
Yap Mun Ching

A Chinese education lobby group is upset that construction work for a Chinese school in USJ Selangor has yet to commence although the project contract had already been awarded on April 18.

The Working Committee for the Development of Chinese Schools in Subang Jaya/USJ is finding its patience severely tested with the latest delay in the long-stalled construction of SJKC Chee Wen.

“The ground-breaking ceremony was supposed to take place this month but it did not happen,” the group’s chairperson, Gan Wah Lien, said today.

The group had planned to hold a protest demonstration on May 1, but had put it on hold since the school board chairperson Lee Hwa Beng announced the ground-breaking ceremony for May 5.

Lee, who is also the Subang Jaya state assemblyperson, will be officiating the ceremony with Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Ting at the prospective site for Chee Wen, Gan said.

However, if the event does not take place as scheduled, Gan warned that the lobby group will proceed with the demonstration.

Chee Wen was relocated from Batang Berjuntai in 1999 to serve the bigger demand of the USJ Chinese community. Although allotted a site for its new premises, construction had been delayed for more than a year, forcing teachers and students to operate from five borrowed classrooms in another Subang Jaya school — SK SS17.

Lee, who had made it his electoral promise to build the complete school building by 2001, is now under pressure by USJ residents to build the complete school in stages starting this year so that Chee Wen’s students will be able to study in their own school building by next year.

Uninterrupted construction

The Chinese education lobbyist also expressed concern over alleged plans by Lee to dismiss their initial agreement for one block to be completed by this year and the remaining two blocks to be completed by the following year so that the 2003 enrolment at the new premises will not be delayed further.

According to him, Lee is now considering plans to have the entire school built over an uninterrupted period of 18 months.

“This would mean that students will not be able to enrol in the new school next year. This is against what we agreed upon when we met in February in the presence of MCA President Dr Ling Liong Sik. We agreed that at least one block must be completed by this year,” said Gan.

When contacted this afternoon, Lee said he had suggested the new plans as it was a request posed by parents of Chee Wen students.

“If works are uninterrupted, the entire school can be completed by the middle of next year. It will also be cheaper for us to do it this way,” he said.

Lee said students of Chee Wen will be asked to continue sharing classrooms with SK SS17 for another six months.

“We can also arrange for Chee Wen to borrow more classrooms to accommodate new students pending the completion of the new premises,” he said, adding that there should not be any objections from SK SS17 since the school had extra classrooms and operated only a morning school session.

Funds

Lee also downplayed Gan’s concerns about a possible delay in Chee Wen’s opening next year, saying no concrete plans have been made yet on whether they would build the school uninterrupted or in stages as suggested by the lobby group.

“We will study it when the time comes. For the next two months, the contractors will only be doing piling works for the entire building. We will have some time to consider this,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lee said that funds collected for the construction of the school now totals RM1.58 million. An estimated RM5.5 million is required to finance the construction of the entire school.

Lee said the latest donation of RM700,000 was made yesterday by the same construction company which contributed the land site for Chee Wen.

He added that additional funds are expected to accrue after two fund-raising events planned for June and September this year.

SOURCE:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200204300015416.php

[This message has been edited by jeffooi (edited 30-04-2002).]

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topguru
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posted 30-04-2002 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for topguru     Edit/Delete Message
its obvious is it not - the 'sandiwara specialist' now trying to impress the MCA 'prince in waiting'.

I can think of only two people who read this man's political wayangs so well, yes so well - and its your guess

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sjkc
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posted 02-05-2002 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sjkc   Click Here to Email sjkc     Edit/Delete Message
From: Parent
To: sjkc@usj.com.my
Cc:
Subject: Chee Wen
Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 13:22:55 +0000


I am a parent with my kid studying at Chee Wen. I have attended several PTA
meetings to discuss the building of the school. Time and again, I came out
of the meetings feeling good as promises were made and deadlines were set. I
was longing for the day that I can honestly tell my daughter that soon she
would have her own school. However my hope was repeatedly shattered when the
deadlines came and gone without any sign of the construction work starting.
I felt a sense of guilt for having told lies to my kid. I am not prepared to
tell my kid about the latest status fearing it would disappoint her again.
How many times must we be given false hope?

* BUILD ONE BLOCK OR WHOLE SCHOOL

I was informed by a reliable source that if the school can raise at least
50% of the construction costs, ie about RM2.5mil out of RM 5 million, the
contractor is prepared to go full steam ahead to build the whole school,
with the balance of payment to be paid when funds are available (anyone out
there who is in the know please confirm this). Given that RM 1.58 mil is
definite ( RM 700K pledge from Subang Mewah developer, RM 380K collected
previously and RM 500K grant from the government) , this would leave a
balance of RM 920K to achieve the 50% mark. It would be reasonable to say
that the RM 920K shortfall (to achieve 50% total costs) could be met by the
two upcoming fund raising events: MCA dinner in June 2002 and Top 10
charity concert by PTA/Carlsberg/Nanyang Press in September this year.

* MOVE IN AFTER THE ENTIRE SCHOOL IS BUILT OR IN JANUARY 2003

I am against the plan that the students should move in after the entire
school is built. I still remember earlier this year, I was among the more
than 200 parents ( at least 2/3 of the parents) who have signed a petition
for the whole school to be built but at the same time request that one block
should be ready when the school term starts in January 2003. After all,
there are so many cases of Chinese schools carrying on classes while
construction of nearby blocks continues. Lick Hung is one example. As for
the safety aspect, this was also brought up at the previous PTA meeting
before and it was agreed to set up a safety committee to ensure the safety
of the pupils.

Thousands of existing Chee Wen parents, parents whose children are studying
outside Subang/USJ areas wanting to transfer back and parents of next year
standard one pupils are all looking forward to having Chee Wen ready for
occupation in January 2003. We hope the relevant people would heed our plea.

* CONITINUED USE OF SK SS17

Perhaps someone could explain to me this irony. At various PTA meetings, we
were repeatedly told that SK would not in any way EXTEND the use of the
classrooms and Chee Wen has to move out by end 2002. Now we are told that
Chee Wen not only can continue sharing classrooms with SK BEYONd 2002 but
will have additional classrooms from SK for 2003 new intake as well, if a
decision is made to delay the moving in of Chee Wen into its own school. If
that being the case, why haven’t Chee Wen enrolled more than 150 students
each year in its first two years to cater for at least some of those
children who were forced to study outside the Subang Jaya and USJ.

[This message has been edited by sjkc (edited 02-05-2002).]

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sjkc
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posted 04-05-2002 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sjkc   Click Here to Email sjkc     Edit/Delete Message

Dear Parents and Those Who care about Chee Wen,

The ground-breaking ceremony of SJK(C)
Chee Wen will be officiated by Housing
and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Ting
at the prospective site for Chee Wen in Subang Mewah at 9 am, May 5 (Sunday).

Dear folks, do not miss the opportunity to witness this historical moment !


[This message has been edited by sjkc (edited 04-05-2002).]

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janeng
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posted 07-05-2002 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for janeng     Edit/Delete Message

On the day of Chee Wen ground-breaking ceremony, I was surprised to see police with M16 and a whole lot of believed-to-be special-branch officers around.

What kind of people's representatives are these people ? Was it necessary to have that bunch of armed forces in a school's function ? This is Subang USJ ! Not the ghetto !

I have seen Dr. M came visiting my factory with only a driver and a bodyguard. Are these politicians more important than the PM ?

Really feel sick about these politicians' bureaucratic acts ! Just another laughing stalk of our YB !

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sjkc
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posted 09-05-2002 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sjkc   Click Here to Email sjkc     Edit/Delete Message

From : Disgusted Parent
To : sjkc@usj.com.my
Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 12:48:28


I totally agree with janeng. In fact, the police came in 1 truck, 2 Pajeros and 1 Kancil!!!, not to mention the abundance of SB officers milling among the crowd. There were talks that somebody had maliciously spread the rumors that the ceremony would be disrupted. That also explained the numerous media /TV reporters who had turned up in drove expecting a field day. Immediately after the ceremony, some reporters were heard expressing their disappointment that no commotion or disruption had taken place.

It is in the interest of the parents and community to ensure that the construction starts as fast as possible, despite the failure to complete by end December 2001 as promised early. There is no logical reason for anybody to engage in any acts of disruption.

Whoever spread such irresponsible rumors should be harshly condemned.

The ceremony itself resembled more like a MCA affair rather than Chee Wen ground breaking ceremony. MCA members in attendance could have easily outnumbered the parents. Front row seats were fully occupied by MCA Wanita. The master of ceremony
was also an MCA member, going by the MCA logo on his white shirt. Neither the school headmaster nor the PTA was given the opportunity to speak.

What was more sickening was when the speakers repeatedly heap praises among themselves, to the thunderous applause of the front rows Wanita. Eat your heart out! It was truly an MCA show. The speeches made me nauseating. It was just as well I did not have any breakfast that very morning.

One of the speakers had mentioned that the ceremony was very unique and the first of its kind as there was no building as yet. I presumed previous ground breaking ceremonies in other schools were for additional blocks. From a different perspective, this is also probably unique and the first of its kind going by the fact that Chee Wen , despite being a fully aided school, was being forced to seek donations from the community to bear for the bulk of the construction costs.

A ceremony is just a ceremony. What is more important is that the construction work must commence immediately to have at least one block ready for occupation in January 2003. We have seemed cases whereby the constructions only get started months after the ground breaking ceremony. I am sure the community would be watching closely on the construction progress.

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sjkc
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posted 10-05-2002 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sjkc   Click Here to Email sjkc     Edit/Delete Message

From Malaysiakini

Armed cops at school event surprise USJ residents

Yap Mun Ching
1:56pm Fri May 10th, 2002

The presence of heavily armed police personnel at the ground-breaking
ceremony for a new USJ Chinese primary school last Sunday surprised many
residents who turned up to witness the event.

The chairperson of the Working Committee for the Development of Chinese
schools in Subang Jaya/USJ, Gan Wah Lien told malaysiakini today that the
ceremony to mark the construction of a school building for SKJC Chee Wen
proceeded smoothly despite the presence of about 20 heavily armed police and
light strike force (LSF) personnel.

"Many of us are caught by surprise. We do not know why the LSF personnel have
to be there. Some of them were armed with M-16s," he said.

According to Gan, the ground-breaking ceremony was attended by several MCA
leaders led by Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Ting. Deputy
Education Minister Hon Choon Kim was also present.

Also present were other MCA members including several from its Wanita
section. So too were about 60 parents of Chee Wen's students.

The ground-breaking ceremony came as a relief to parents of Chee Wen's
students and USJ residents as the construction of the school had been delayed
for over a year due to controversies over its funding and completion date.

Five borrowed classrooms

Chee Wen was relocated from Batang Berjuntai in 1999 to serve the USJ Chinese
population. However, three years after its relocation, the school is still
operating from five borrowed classrooms at another Subang Jaya school - SK
SS17 - although Chee Wen was initially promised a new school building by
2001.

According to Gan, Ong Ka Ting has promised to raise RM100,000 for the
construction of the new school but he was in the dark about the fund-raising
activities planned.

There is also still no clear indication from the chairperson of the school's
board of governors, Lee Hwa Beng, over the construction schedule, Gan said.

"We want the first block to be ready so that the students can start schooling
at the new building by next year. Construction of the other blocks can
continue later."

"But Lee wants to have the whole building constructed in one go and this will
take at least another 18 months," he added.

Lee, who is also the Subang Jaya state assemblyperson, had said the plans are
not finalised but the suggestion to have the construction of the whole school
in one go instead of in stages was made at the request of parents to minimise
disruption to classes and to reduce costs.

USJ has a 100,000-strong Chinese Malaysian community but only one school,
Chee Wen, to serve its vernacular education needs. At present, Chee Wen
operates only three standard one and standard two classes due to the lack of
proper facilities.

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ing
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posted 13-06-2002 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ing     Edit/Delete Message

A friend of mine told me that her friend said SP Setia is all ready but waiting for the "work order" from Lee Hwa Beng in order to start the SJK(C) Chee Wen construction work.

What on earth is going on here ?????

What is YB waiting for ?????

Can somebody tell me ?

I suggest somebody go and take photograh weekly at the Chee Wen school site and post
then on this web site for us to see how hard our YB is working on the school like he keeps on boastering in the press !

"Is Hwa Beng playing games, again ?", "the sandiwara specialist".... I start to believe in all these.....


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yokeimmvivian
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posted 13-06-2002 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yokeimmvivian   Click Here to Email yokeimmvivian     Edit/Delete Message
...waiting for "work order" from Lee Hwa Beng..?? why do we have to wait for him to give the order? What about the Board of Governors? Does the Board not have the authority to do so? Or is the Board prevented from doing so? Hello! the "premier Vision School" has opened its doors. It has commence classes. The Chee Wen school building is no where in sight. Manipulation. Oppression.

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lleetze
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posted 13-06-2002 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lleetze   Click Here to Email lleetze     Edit/Delete Message
I have been asking the same question too! How many "Authorities - the official ones and the non-official ones! " we need to go through before something gets moving?

Is the Board of Governors only having one member in the board?

This is so sickening!

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janeng
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posted 13-06-2002 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for janeng     Edit/Delete Message

It is understood that in Chee Wen, the headmaster, PTA, board of governors, are all controlled by Ah Beng, by hook or by crook, you know.

I also heard that SP Setia has actually promised in black and white that they are able to complete one block of 30-classroom building by 12/2002. If this is true, the headmaster should immediately call upon USJ parents to register their kids for 2003 in-take, and make arrangement with the MoE to send in teachers.

Why keep quiet ?????

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jeffooi
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posted 13-06-2002 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffooi   Click Here to Email jeffooi     Edit/Delete Message
www.usj.com.my reported June 10:


More political manoeuvring to delay Chee Wen?

It's a tale of great contrast.

The main picture taken on June 8 (left) shows the leftover of fan-fare after Datuk Ong Ka Ting officiated the ground-breaking ceremony for SJKC Chee Wen on May 7.

The smaller picture (below) shows the completeness of SJKC Tun Tan Cheng Lock which makes up the chinese school component of the purpose-built USJ15 Vision School complex aimed as a showcase of racial integration in education.

SJKC Chee Wen was founded in Batang Berjuntai in 1937, mooted for relocation to Subang Jaya and made a Barisan Nasional election pledge in 1999.

Making it an election pledge printed in black-and-white, Subang Jaya state assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng promised to get the school completed by 2001, which did not happen.

Whereas, SJKC Tun Tan Cheng Lock was completed within a year, and opened its doors to about one hundred pupils beginning June 5.

With a total of RM2.4 million begged for building fund, SJKC Chee Wen is rushing against time to get first block ready for January 2003 intake. But, will politicking take a back-seat?

Read the full story at usj.com.my

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edteam
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posted 19-06-2002 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edteam   Click Here to Email edteam     Edit/Delete Message
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
5:33pm Wed Jun 19th, 2002

Work on controversial Chinese school building in progress: contractor
Yap Mun Ching

The contractor of the new school building for SJK (C) Chee Wen in USJ, Selangor said today that work was already in progress.

A spokesperson for S P Setia Construction Sdn Bhd told malaysiakini that contrary to claims by several parents and a local Chinese education lobby group, work on the school started several weeks ago.

“We are now doing the piling work. This started on June 1,” said the spokesperson who declined to be named.

Discord threatens to erupt once again between parents and the school’s board of governors after the former were said to be unhappy with the work progress.

“We were concerned because we were informed that the work order has not been issued to the contractors and a final price for the project has not been set,” said Gan Wah Lien, the chairperson of the Working Committee for the Development of Chinese schools in Subang Jaya/USJ.

RM5 million project

Asked about the charges, S P Setia spokesperson denied that the work order was incomplete.

“We received the work order some time ago,” said the spokesperson, adding that the price for the project had been set provisionally at over RM5 million.

However, the spokesperson declined to comment when asked if part of the project will be completed on schedule to enable operation by next year.

Meanwhile, chairperson of Chee Wen’s board and Subang Jaya assemblyperson Lee Hwa Beng confirmed that work had already started on the project.

“There is a lot of negative comments about the project and I suggest [people] visit the site for [themselves],” Lee told malaysiakini.

However, Lee declined to reveal the final cost of the project, saying that the information was privy only to project donors.


Read the full story at:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200206190016058.php

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lleetze
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posted 20-06-2002 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lleetze   Click Here to Email lleetze     Edit/Delete Message
I am sure the person who took the picture on the 8 June know whether the SP's spokesperson is telling the truth when he said work started on 1st. June 2002!

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ing
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posted 30-07-2002 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ing     Edit/Delete Message

I dropped by Chee Wen site and found that the piling work is still going on. So I called up the HM at 03-5631 4703 to ask him what is happening. You guess what? He told me that the school is DEFINITELY IMPOSSIBLE to be completed this year !!

What is going wrong here ? While the other guy Kuan is telling us that 2/3 will be ready, the HM is telling another story. Who is playing games here ??

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Beethoven
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posted 31-07-2002 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Beethoven     Edit/Delete Message
Ing, I think what the HM trying to say is : the WHOLE COMPLETE school will not be ready by end of this year.
I have a kid going to standard 1 next year, I am very concern about the development of Chee Wen School too, so I used to call up the school to find out the progress of the school. I was told the complete whole school will only be ready by mid of 2003, now they are trying all out to get one block / phase 1 before the next intake.
As far as I know, Mr Kuan and the rest are the parents of the school children, but they are very dedicated and volunteery helping up in the school building committee, to benefit their own children & the future children in USJ. I felt we should do something to help to make the school a success too.

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yschia
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posted 01-08-2002 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yschia     Edit/Delete Message

The piling work was scheduled to complete by July 5th but not yet. And I heard the piling contractor (appointed by Hwa Beng) has "faced" some new problems and the work will delay some more time.

However, the latest "shocking" news is that someone called up MPSJ and found out that our dedicated Mr. Kuan has not yet summitted the school building plan to MPSJ for approval ! Come on ! Mid August is the last time in this year for MPSJ to approve any construction plan. Where is the plan ?

I think we need a PIBG EGM for the parents to get clarified on all these matters.

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edteam
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posted 02-08-2002 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edteam   Click Here to Email edteam     Edit/Delete Message
Heard that the Chinese School Development Working Committee will visit Chee Wen worksite on August 3.

We received emails asking many, many questions.

In summary, here are 10 questions.

It is true that:

1. The piling work - already behind schedule - has to be done all over again because of severe cavity detected at critical spots?

2. The consultant who "volunteered" to consult on the construction is in actual fact appointed by Lee Hwa Beng? So, who is responsible for the money wasted on the "wrong piling"?

3. The School Building Plan has not been submitted to MPSJ, as claimed MPSJ officials themselves?

4. MPSJ Councillor Yap Yun Fatt (MCA) has been instructed by his senior to only submit the building plan in August for approval at Sub-Committee Level of MPSJ?

5. The main contractor, SP Setia, cannot proceed with the superstructural and architectural work because the isn't an MPSJ-approved building plan?

6. Though SP Setia is the main contractor who will construct at cost, many sub-contractors are left to be finalised by one Kuan Chee Kheong who is de facto NOT a member of PIBG or School Board, but chosen by Lee Hwa Beng? True?

7. The RM700,000 pledged by Subang Mewah Developer, Dergahayu, has not been disbursed to the Chee Wen School Board?

8. The RM500,000 pledged by the Education Ministry is locked up somewhere in the bereaucracy?

9. The SJKC Chee Wen administrators have quietly applied to extend the "borrowing" of classrooms at SK SS17 for 2003... meaning Chee Wen will not be ready by the 2003 new school term?

10. The total number of classrooms has been reduced to 30 instead of the original 36, but cost has gone up from RM5.2 million to RM5.9 million? And still counting?

So, what caused the delay?
Questions unanswered. But we hope all the 10 questions can ne confirmed UNTRUE.
Can someone out there enlighten us?

ALSO, can someone send us a copy of the work
schedule issued by SP Setia dated May 21.

Many thanks.


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vicky
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posted 03-08-2002 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vicky     Edit/Delete Message
I am also very concern about the school construction like you guys and is a regular visitor to this topic. So far, I have seen a lot of criticisms but unfortuntely no constructive idea being forwarded. At this moment of time, we should work hand in hand together to ensure the school is ready by end of the year instead of questioning who should be penalised. I would urge all of you to come forward with your constructive idea and support the School Building Committee. Do not be a NATO (No Action Talk Only). Criticism without constructive contribution will not bring any good but on the other hand will create a lot of negative speculations.
Similar like many of you, I am one of the parent having a child study in Chee Wen, which means the completion of the school by end of the year is my greatest concern too.
I believe the parent in Chee Wen and the USJ community are still very supportive to the school building project. I was in the recent Chicken Rice Charity Sales and the response from the parent and USJ commnunity are overwhelming. This kind of support the project needed.
Mr. Kuan though is not the PIBG member but he is doing it without any benefit to himself. He was nominated as one of the committee member of PIBG during last school EGM but he rejected it with explaination that he want to fully concentrate to the school building project. For those parent who are concern about the school, you should have attended the above school EGM and should still remember this fact.
Lastly I would like to urge everybody who are really concern about the success of the school building to come forward with the constructive idea and work hand in hand together.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

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edteam
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posted 03-08-2002 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edteam   Click Here to Email edteam     Edit/Delete Message
We thank the USJ Chinese School Development Working Committee (USJ-CSDWC) for their quick response to our posting seeking clarification to the 10 questions.

Today, we were asked to attend a special on-site inspection for the Press, and an exclusive briefing by the project manager, SP Setia Construction Sdn Bhd.

The SP Setia briefing was facilitated by a representative of Dong Lian, led by Mr S. K Wong, himself a seasoned contractor.

Also present was Mr Yeoh Eng Hee, a GM of Meda Group, which is part of Patrick Teoh's conglomerates which own Summit USJ.

Also present were USJ-CSDWC chairman Gan Wah Lien, PJ-CSDWC chairman Xu Zhi Jian, and some parents from Chee Wen.

We were shown the building plan - a first time even to people like Gan Wah Lien and Chee Wen parents who were present.

Work in Progress

Regarding the progress in piling work, it is said that among over 300 pileheads planted, about 40 are not "setting" - meaning cavities encountered. However, this can be mitigated. Hence no issue.

Now, it's the question of work schedule.

First, let's put the facts right.

As can be seen from the Project Information dispayed on-site, the project - registered as MPSJ 238/1/11 - is owned by "Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola".

Going by official record, the Chee Wen "Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola" is Datuk Lee Hwa Beng.

Secondly, Kuan Chee Kheong is the appointed representative of the "Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola" who de facto holds the right to make decisions on the school building as the chairman of the Building Committee.

We do not know who else are in this building committee, or how often they meet.

Two conclusions can be drawn after the first-hand briefing by the SP Setia spokeman.

1. Completion of Phase 1 by end December, ready for 2003 new school term

That means, if given the greenlight by the project owner (Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola) within the next two weeks, SP Setia can commit to completing Phase I by end December: a 4-storey main block to house nine classes for Year 1, 2 and 3 students, staff room, and a canteen.

However, to date, for reasons unknown, the Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola a.k.a Lee Hwa Beng has not given SP Setia the greenlight.

It has also been confirmed by SP Setia spokesman, that there is no MPSJ-approved building plan as yet.

The building plan we reviewed did not carry any rubber-stamped approval from MPSJ.

2. Adherence to New Work Schedule

SP Setia has redrawn a new work schedule to supercede the one issued on May 21.

Under the new schedule, delivery for Phase I remains the same i.e. end December 2002.

The PIBG of Chee Wen has asked for this new schedule, and it was only given by CK Kuan on August 2.

The parents, while voicing their concerns, said a better communication from Kaun and his committee to PIBG will help dispel misconception.

We can't agree more.

Plan B?

Meanwhile, a representative of Chee Wen was approached by Lee Hwa Beng to consider shifting the present Chee Wen children and the 2003 new intakes to "borrowed classrooms in another school".

Parents who spoke to the Chee Wen HM also informed us that they were flatly told off by the HM that Phase I will not be ready for the 2003 new school term, and plans to borrow "classrooms from another school" has been initiated.

We need to hear more on this new development...

The first two of the 10 Questions can now be dropped for the timebeing.

However, Chee Wen parents told us their focus is to ensure Phase I is ready for the next school term, no matter what.

If that's the case, have the chairs and tables for the kids been ordered? Have tenders been called?

It's only 5 months left before 2003.
Adherence to work schedule looks VERY critical here.

We shall run a story on the work-in-progress soon while waiting for the PIBG EGM scheduled for August 11 to be convened.

Your further feedback is needed. Many thanks.

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politikus
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posted 04-08-2002 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for politikus     Edit/Delete Message
NATO - No Action, Talk Only.

How about this?

WAPAMO - Wrong Actions, Politics And Money Only.

Going by education acts in Malaysia, fund-raising for schools is the responsibility of the "Lembaga Pengelola".

From the record, SJKC Chee Wen is a "Sekolah Bantuan Penuh", meaning fund-raising is a non-issue as the Government-of-the-day has to provide for EVERYTHING for a fully-aided school.

If Lee Hwa Beng has vounteered to find land money to build the fully-aided SJKC Chee Wen, he is changing the education acts.

The consequences are vitally dangerous for all SJKC and SJKT.

They next time you need to build such new schools - may be Vision Schools are exceptional - SJKC Chee Wen will be used as a precedent.

Then, all SJKC and SJKT will be funded by the people through donation.

Right now, building of schools is through equal taxation collected into and distributed from the Treasury's coffers.

Lee Hwa Beng has earned himself a chapter in the Malaysian history.

But you needs to decide whether it should be in the pages of infamy.

So, WAPAMO?

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jeffooi
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posted 04-08-2002 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffooi   Click Here to Email jeffooi     Edit/Delete Message
What the Chiness Press says...

There is a news report in China Press,
updated: August 3, 2002 18:28.

In essence, it captured what our EdTeam has
updated 03-08-2002 06:34 PM as above.

CLICK HERE.

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gilbertgoh
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posted 04-08-2002 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gilbertgoh     Edit/Delete Message
NATO - No Action Talk Only ?

In the first place, as donors to the chinese school building fund, the public have all the rights to care and query whatsoever doubtful concerning the progress of the school construction and would want someone to be accountable . All donors'd also like to know their contribution is not going down the drain due to improper or unconscientious manoeuvre of the authority.

Furthermore, in a democratic society, comment or consensus itself is considered constructive. Silence or indefference is not.

[This message has been edited by gilbertgoh (edited 04-08-2002).]

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janeng
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posted 09-08-2002 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for janeng     Edit/Delete Message

Aug 11 : Chee Wen PIBG EGM

Let 300 parents find out if anybody is playing games.....

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