Former Treasurer of SOS Damansara Action (Bai Xiao) Committee Lee Sang,71, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning after suffering from cancer for a year. He is also one of the founders of the committee that stood and fought fearlessly to save the original SJKC Damansara in Petaling Jaya.
Lee Sang and his wife Wong Kim Foong (together with villager Lai Chong Kong) have approached many elected representatives of MCA, Gerakan and MIC for help and assistance to prevent the closure of the original school but to no avail. They finally approached me after learning that one of my kids was studying at the Chinese primary school. The husband and wife, together with several other villagers(both Chinese and Malays) formed the SOS Damansara Action Committee under my guidance and advice.
Yes, it’s 2,294 days into the struggle. (14 April 2007). I took this picture after attending Lee Sang’s funeral this morning.
When Lee Sang was the Treasurer of the committee, he was known for his great care and steadfastness in keeping the public fund account. He taken upon himself to buy breakfast for the teachers and students soon after the struggle kicked off. He also agreed with me that the account be transferred to DongJiaoZong for greater accountability and transparency. I made the proposal when public donations in thoudsands of ringgit flew into our account everyday.
Lee Sang served the committeee for more than two years and resigned only after some troublemakers started to create problems with him. I have failed to convince him to saty on. He later realised it was a mistake to resign just because of pressure and petty talk from troublemakers.
Some 150 villagers and members of the SOS committee attended the funeral this morning. It was sad to note that the school did not send its teacher and students to bade farewell to Lee Sang as a mark of respect. It’s certainly a reflection of poor leadership on the part of the present committee as well as the school principal.
R.I.P., my good friend! Your sacrifices and contributions will always be remembered by all.
Former Advisor to the SOS Damansara Action Committee
Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall is a staunch and consistent supporter of mother tongue education. They put up a signboard to mark the days of closure of the original SJKC Damansara for all to see. The picture was taken today (14 April 2007).