Friday, October 21, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Taylor's Education Group is investing RM110 million to build a new international school in Puchong, Selangor.
The school will be located on a 7.8-acre site and cater for more than 2,000 students, with the first phase to open in 2014 with an initial intake of 1,000 students.
"The Taylor's brand is synonymous with high quality tertiary education to students through Taylor's University and Taylor's College. Now, Taylor's can educate students at a younger age to provide them with the necessary foundation for success," said group CEO Datuk Loy Teik Ngan in a statement.
The company's school division currently comprises Garden International School, Australian International School Malaysia, Sri Garden Kuala Lumpur, Sri Garden International and Nexus International School in Putrajaya.
"We believe that Taylor's International School, Puchong, has the potential to contribute and enrich the growing communities adjacent to the school," said Taylor's school division president B K Gan, adding that the school will "place a lot of emphasis on values like respect and care for family and community as a whole".
Taylor's tertiary arm consists of Taylor's University and Taylor's College. The group currently caters for 20,000 students with its private school and tertiary education offerings.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
85,000 Highway Users Will Enjoy Better Traffic Flow With The Newly Opened Puchong Towards Putrajaya Bridge On Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
Starting from 21 October 2011, about 85,000 highway users at Puchong are expected to enjoy better traffic flow on LDP with the completion of a new 2-lane bridge from Puchong towards Putrajaya at the Puchong Intan Interchange. The new bridge was completed two months ahead of schedule and it marks the completion of the Package 5A. The new two lane bridge is about 550 m in length and will help to alleviate the evening peak hour congestion at Puchong Intan Interchange towards Putrajaya and Shah Alam. This Package 5A which commenced in September 2009 comprised of 3 phases - upgrading of Puchong Perdana Interchange traffic light intersection, widening of existing mainline from 3 lanes to 4 lanes between Kg. Bharu Puchong and Puchong Intan Interchange and the construction of the 2-lane flyover from Puchong towards Putrajaya at Puchong Intan Interchange. The Package 5A was built at a cost of RM 110 million and was fully funded by LITRAK and part of the RM 312 million highway enhancement project announced by LITRAK in 2009. Enhancements works under Package 5C which comprising upgrading works from the Petaling Jaya Toll Plaza at Sunway towards Puchong is under construction and when completed in early 2013 will compliment the completed Package 5A.
Monday, October 3, 2011
“We have already approved the land for the schools to share,” said state executive councilor Teresa Kok.
The Kinrara assembly person said the state had received many complaints about the lack of public, vernacular and religious schools, especially in the Petaling district.
The schools, SJKC Yak Chee (2) and SMJK Katholik (2), and an autistic centre will be located in Taman Tasik Prima. A further 5.93 acres of land will be reserved for a primary Islamic religious school in Bandar Kinrara.
About 2.5 acres have been approved for the autism school, which will be built by the developers of Taman Tasik Prima. The rest of the land will be divided between the schools.
Although land for the new schools has been approved, the school boards still need approval from the Education Ministry before they can proceed with construction.
Kok expressed hope that approval will be given immediately to enable the schools to start drafting plans on how to fully maximise the space.
The schools can share some common facilities like a field, courts and canteen to optimise the land.
She added that there should be no reason for the ministry not to give the green light.
She pointed out that SJKC Yak Chee in Taman Bukit Kuchai and SMJK Katholik in Petaling Jaya are highly reputable. Allow ing them to open branches in Puchong would benefit the community here, she said.
Each of these schools has about 3,000 to 4,000 students, with both having to turn down about 1,000 students annually due to lack of space. “The new schools will be within the vicinity of Puchong and it is convenient for residents to send their children there,” she added.
The autism school will also be a reputable one as it will be run by professionals from the National Autistic Society of Malaysia.
“This is part of our corporate social responsibility plan. We strive to give the best to the community,” said Tasik Prima project manager John Lou Chee Khiam.
He added that the move would also be timely because there is no autism centre in Puchong and surrounding areas.
Representatives from SJKC Yak Chee and SMJK Katholik also gave their thumbs-up to the move,
“We applied for land two years ago, and we are happy the state approved it this year,” SMJK Katholik Alumni chairperson Fong Kui Lun.
He said the school had applied for land in a few area, but they preferred Puchong because it is not that far from their current school in Petaling Jaya.
SJKC Yak Chee Alumni chairperson Liong Yen Lan said the school was already bursting at the seams.