At the MCA Annual General-Body Meeting held on 10th October 2010, Dong Zong of the United Chinese School Committees Association appreciated the decision of the Education Ministry to pay part of the utility bills of Chinese Primary Schools.
Agreeing with him, deputy president Chow Siew Hong expressed his hope that the Education Ministry would pay the full amount because utilities such as water and electricity were basic amenities and essential to the proper functioning of the schools.
The AGM was earlier told by its president Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek that the Education Ministry would pay a portion of the utility bills for all Chinese primary schools.
The Ministry had agreed to pay up to RM 2,000 every month to Chinese schools. More discussions needed to be held regarding full payment of the utility bills.
Deputy President Chow further stated that while in schools with 100 students the sum of RM 2,000 might seem adequate, this was definitely not the case with schools which had 2,000 or more students.
One of the headmasters at the meeting from SRJK (C) Kong Hoe, Klang, Liew Swee Pheng said that his school spent on an average over RM 4,000 on utilities with their electricity bill amounting to RM 3,000 and RM 1,000 being spent on water every month.