7th July, 2009
Ben (front, fourth left) presenting a memento to Susan (front, fifth left) while organising chairman David (sixth right) and others look on.
KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu High School (KKHS) can regain its past glory as one of the leading schools in Sabah if all concerned parties including the teachers and parents continue to take an interest in the school affairs and the children’s education.
Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen, a housing developer and an alumnus of the school believed that through concerted efforts of the school’s Board of Governors, the KK High School Ex-Student Association, the Parents-Teachers Association and the teachers and parents, the school is capable of progressing towards excellence in academic performance and co-curricular activities.
“KKHS has contributed tremendously to the advancement of Chinese education in Sabah,” she said when officiating at the school’s 60th Anniversary concert “KK High School Night” at the Dewan Datuk Wong Sze Fatt on Saturday.
“Students must work harder to bring up the good name of the school again. In recent years, I have observed that brilliant students have made their ways into the list of top students in the SPM examination. This is a good sign for the school,” she added.
She commended the chairman of KKHS board of governors, Ben Lim Kiat Kong and his committee for their contributions anad good works in “rebuilding” the school to its current status.
According to Susan, KKHS has attracted more and more students each year and this has resulted in a shortage of classrooms. “However, the school has embarked on an expansion programme under the Phase 4 development project to construct more facilities. I am glad to note that this is nearing completion”, she further added.
She appealed for generous donations to the school building fund and said the amount is not important but rather the heart and sincerity of giving that truly matters.
“As the traditional Chinese proverb that says ‘when we drink water, we must always remember its source’. Please join me in supporting our mother school,” she called.
KKHS was established in 1949 by the local Chinese community as a private school and later became a national-type Chinese secondary school in the 1970s. Susan noted that in the span of 60 years, the school has produced many prominent people who are educationists, corporate figures, politicians, community leaders and professionals such as bankers, lawyers, doctors and engineers. Among the known figures are former PBS Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Chau Tet On; Chairman of Sabah National-Type Chinese School Board of Governors Datuk Wong Yit Ming; Datuk Sari Tan (caretaker Chairman of Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce); former director of JKR, Sabah Datuk Hiew Thien Choi; president of Kota Kinabalu United Sabah Chinese Communities Association Datuk Lau Kok Sing and former regional manager of Cathay Pacific Airways (East Malaysia) Peter Teo.
Other outstanding “old” students include Francis Lu Ka Fatt (former Managing Director of Sabah Development Bank); Datuk Gan Sau Wah (chairman of Semporna Chinese Chamber of Commerce); Lee Hon Liong (past chairman, PAM Sabah Chapter), property valuer Chong Choon Kim; newspaper publisher Yeh Meh Tze; hotelier Hong Kim Fah and ex-teacher Lim Kim Fung who taught at her mother school until she retired.
Earlier, organising chairman David Chan Chun Ket expressed the school’s appreciation to Susan for her enormous contributions. Last year, she helped to organize a fund-raising dinner which raised some RM350,000 for a new block of classrooms which will be open soon.
“In recognition of what Susan has done for her alma mater, we will name a corridor in the school after her – Datuk Susan Wong Corridor,” he said. Also present at the function were the school’s principal Ng Kim Huat, former chairman of KKHS board of governors Teng Song Cheng and chairperson of KKHS Ex-Student Association Chin Seah Fong.
The “Dragon Heart” dance group stole the show with their splendid performance in the concert which attracted some 2,000 people. The performers, comprising students of the school, were trained by special instructors from Shenzhen, China.