Hornbill Unleashed

September 8, 2016

Adenan ‘sick and tired’ of asking Federal Govt for better schools

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:03 PM

adenanAdenan Satem said he is “sick and tired” of requesting for more federal funding for Sarawak schools, which he lamented have been in poor condition for too long.

“They ask me, what do we do with our educational policy?

“I give them a very simple answer: build standard schools.

“I am sick and tired of appealing to the Federal Government to provide us better schools,” the Sarawak Chief Minister said today.

He said this when launching the Iban-English Dictionary in Kuching. Present were Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas and former Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu.

Adenan also said he was sick and tired of hearing about schools that collapsed into the river or about them without water supply or electricity.

“If we are behind by 10, 20 years, it’s okay. But if we are still behind by half a century, I cannot tolerate that.

“I cannot tolerate that any more. We must be assertive on our policy on this matter.”

There are close to 470,000 students in Sarawak, with 42,000 teachers attending them as of January, according to the State Education Department. Over half of the students are from rural areas.

In June, a primary school in a fishing village in Spaoh, Betong, collapsed into a river, taking along with it a nursery and a surau. No one was injured.

Local authorities blamed water erosion and the dilapidated condition of the structures. The destroyed school, SK Kampung Buda, was a Malay-medium national school.

By law, the Federal Government oversees the funding and operation of national schools, including teachers’ salaries, school buildings and assets.

Nationwide, three-quarters of over three million primary students are enrolled in over 7,500 national schools, according to the Education Ministry.

Adenan said he accepted diversity within Sarawak’s education system, adding that he wanted more teachers from Sarawak to be hired by the government.

“I am now trying to change some aspects of educational policy in Sarawak. We cannot just follow what is dictated to us, in Kuala Lumpur.

“Uniformity does not necessarily mean unity.

“Diversity can also mean (unity) because we appreciate each other’s way.

“So I hope that starting with our teachers, they will mostly be Sarawakians who teach in our schools.”

Meanwhile, Adenan noted that the Iban language contained many Malay phrases but which were accentuated and pronounced differently.

He also hoped the Iban language does not go extinct like many native languages.

Richard T.W.




  1. Sarawakians have been cheated for 53 years and rural voters were not only kept ignorant and illeraterate but also taken as fools by Umno Baru controlled Putrajaya. Sarawakians should rightly demand that the state government formed by PBB, PRS,SPDP and SUPP to quit BN.

    Comment by Irene Kana — September 9, 2016 @ 6:04 PM | Reply

    • Why make demand when majority of Sarawakians voted BN into office?

      Comment by Diman — September 10, 2016 @ 11:28 AM | Reply

  2. The Sarawak Director of Education should quit for not giving the matter serious priority.

    Comment by Danny Jacob — September 9, 2016 @ 3:31 PM | Reply

  3. Looks like only our CM Adenan is working. Where are all the other Sarawak Ministers ??

    Comment by sipaigong — September 9, 2016 @ 11:55 AM | Reply

  4. We should have been half a century INFRONT of Malaya if our past leaders didn’t signed off our wealth to develop Tanah Melayu Malaya. Throwing tantrums now is seen as childish by Malaya unless we go further and show them that we have matured…..

    Comment by brian — September 9, 2016 @ 10:51 AM | Reply

  5. Adenan should know that he has got no more leverage after the state election.

    Comment by Diman — September 9, 2016 @ 8:12 AM | Reply

  6. All the previous leaders failed to address the problem … lets see if this one can do it.

    Comment by Tigeryk — September 9, 2016 @ 7:57 AM | Reply

  7. We are behind by half a century. You know what that means. We have been shortchanged for 53 years to be exact. So, what’s the point of staying on with such a colonizer. Even the British can accord or offer us better treatment!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — September 8, 2016 @ 10:46 PM | Reply

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