Chinese school in Sarawak keeps tradition alive for past 10 years

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Chinese school in Sarawak keeps tradition alive for past 10 years

BY: Patrick Beech

There is not a single Chinese student in the school, but for the last 10 years, a national primary school in Sibu, Sarawak has been lighting up its premises with red lanterns and other decorations.

The school has 680 pupils and has been organising Chinese New Year celebrations to usher in the lunar new year with its Muslim and Iban students.

As for the teachers, the majority are Malays, while there are also Melanaus, Ibans and six Chinese.

According to the school headmaster, Hamdi Najdi, Chinese New Year is celebrated as one family where people of all races live in harmony.

The red lanterns are not only put up in the school but also at the An-Nur Mosque located right next to it.

"Mutual understanding and tolerance among different ethnic groups will lead to greater unity and national integration," said Hamdi.