GOOD NEWS:SJK (T) Merlimau, demolished in 1966, finally has a place to call its own
WHEN SJK (T) Merlimau was demolished back in 1966 after serving the Indian community in Merlimau for 46 years, never did the local community dream that they would be getting a new school of their own.
This was because after their school was torn down they were temporarily moved to SK Merlimau for a year before they were transferred to a block, comprising four classrooms, at the SMK Dato Abdul Rahman Yaakub (SDARY).
The 40-odd students of SJK (T) Merlimau had no choice but to share everything with their counterparts from the national school.
And as the years passed and its students increased, the school only got additional classrooms and not a new school.
However, after sharing the field, canteen, science laboratories, toilets and library for 44 years, the 142 students and 15 teachers of SJK (T) Merlimau finally moved into a new RM4.3 million school which majestically stands in the Merlimau town centre.
Elated, the students could not contain their excitement and joy of having a three-storey building which clearly bears the name of the school.
School prefect Joachim Roy, 11, said he could not wait to go into his new classroom and enjoy the other facilities that are available in the new school.
"We went for a walkabout in the new school before it was officially opened and I was impressed with the air-conditioned science laboratory.
"Students can now focus better in a cooling environment compared with our previous science laboratory which only had fans," he said.
For sports enthusiast, Tiru Nyaanaan, 11, the huge field in the school caught his eyes first as the entire area would be only for the students of SJK (T) Merlimau.
"When we were sharing the field at SDARY, we had no choice but now, we can have our own playing field for a football match and not half a field.
"Our school is also made up of three floors and has a bigger space for us," said Tiru.
Year Six student, Jagithyisvin Manogaran, 12, said the fresh breath of air in the new school with all its new furniture and facilities would surely inspire the students to do well in their coming UPSR examination.
"I hope the school would get the best ever results as a sign of appreciation to the government, teachers, parents and also for SJK (T) Merlimau," he said.