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Chong: You Will Cherish Malaysia If You Know Your History

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BENTONG: Understanding history is vital to appreciating the beauty of Malaysia, says Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

“When you look at a finished product, you don’t see anything special.But when you observe the process of how it came to be, then you appreciate it,” Chong said at the 100th anniversary of SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi yesterday.

He reminded students on the importance of learning and preserving history, adding that it was one of the reasons why the ministry made it compulsory for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates to pass Sejarah to receive their SPM certificate.

Chong pointed out that the country was not built in a day and that its development was a culmination of the efforts of many generations of Malaysians.

At the launch of the Young Malaysians Movement’s Student Outreach Service at SMK Seri Kembangan yesterday, Chong said imposing fines on students as punishment was sending the wrong message to them.

He was referring to a secondary school in Kedah which fined a female student RM100 for sporting a hairstyle with sheared sides.

“Schools should not impose fines for inappropriate hairstyles. This is the wrong message, implying that money can replace punishment,” Chong said.

The school had told the Form Five student to either wear a headscarf until her hair grew or pay RM100 as a donation to the school.

It was reported that her parents chose to donate and the incident that was shared on social media sparked debates among netizens.

Chong said the matter was resolved after a discussion involving the Kedah State Education Department, the school and the student’s parents.

To commemorate SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi’s anniversary, a bilik sejarah or history room was set up to display artefacts from its 100-year journey.

The room was sponsored by former MCA deputy president Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy and officially opened by Chong.

The school will hold an anniversary dinner on Saturday to raise funds to convert its 18 classrooms to smart classrooms.

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