In conjunction with R.E.A.L Schools, Cahaya Campus, Shah Alam’s Mandarin Week 2015, the Mandarin Department organized a student excursion to the Sin Chew Daily Headquarters in Petaling Jaya. With a daily circulation of more than 500,000 copies nationwide, Sin Chew Daily currently sits as the largest-selling Chinese-language newspaper in the country. The excited group of 81 students and six teachers, led by Mr. Lee Hwa Keong who is the Head of the Mandarin Department, arrived at the location on the Friday morning of 24 April 2015.
Greeted warmly by the Sin Chew Daily staff at the foyer, the tour guide immediately got proceedings underway by ushering the group to the exhibition room. Sin Chew Daily, formerly known as Sin Chew Jit Poh, was founded by two brothers, Aw Boon Par and Aw Boon Haw in 1929. The guide explained that even after the secession of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965, the company continued operations at its then headquarters in Singapore under the management of the Aw Brothers successors.
It was not until the early 1970s when, in order to expedite the printing process, Sin Chew Daily decided to build a new plant located at its present head office premises in Petaling Jaya. With the setting up of this new plant; other departments such as the news desk, editorial, production and circulation were established, as the new base became independent from the head office in Singapore. Apart from educating the students on Sin Chew Daily’s history, the general process of producing and publishing a newspaper was also presented to them.
After the short but insightful trip through the halls and offices of the printing press’s facilities, the Cahayans left a little more enlightened concerning the craft and standards of a major printing press company. Such excursions serve to highlight once more what education is all about at R.E.A.L Schools – to continuously engage and transform students in active learning environments beyond the classroom.