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Chinese ambassador to Malaysia donates US$45,000 to 11 schools

Huang Huikang says Chinese tourists could bring some US$3.3 billion to the country’s economy this year

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 February, 2017, 11:33am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 February, 2017, 11:39am

By Tho Xin Ii

Continuing his earlier contributions to Chinese schools in Malaysia, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang donated RM200,000 (US$44,969) to 10 Chinese primary schools and a conforming secondary school here during a half-day visit to the town of Raub.

Each school received between RM12,000 (US$2,698) and RM50,000 (US$11,242) depending on their situation such as the need to repair administration blocks or upgrade computer classrooms.

The oldest school in Raub – SJK(C) Yuh Hwa in Bukit Koman – was given RM18,000 (US$4,047) for a “history pavilion” project to pay tribute to its 110 years of establishment.

Dr Huang said in his speech that the Chinese embassy wanted to extend a helping hand for an even better development of Chinese education in Malaysia.

He promised to continue providing support for the development of Chinese education in Malaysia.

China would also explore cooperation with Malaysia in the education sector specifically in providing scholarships and teachers’ training to Malaysians of all races, he said.

Earlier at a lunch gathering with Chinese associations, Dr Huang said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to China in November last year had resulted in Chinese leaders agreeing to buy more Malaysian palm oil, rubber, bird’s nest and durian to mark the friendship between the two countries.

Dr Huang, who was also brought to a durian orchard in Sungai Klau later to savour the famed musang king, said about three million tourists from China would visit Malaysia this year.

“If each one spends RM5,000 (US$1,124) during the stay, they will contribute RM15 billion (US$3.3 billion) to the economy,” he said.

Dr Huang – described as the most popular Chinese ambassador to Malaysia by MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun – was given a heartwarming reception at each location he visited.

Chew, in her speech during the lunch, said Raub would jump on China’s Belt and Road bandwagon to push for its development.

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Chinese ambassador donates RM200,000 to 11 schools