Hornbill Unleashed

January 5, 2018

See urges state govt to pursue RM1 bln allocation to repair dilapidated schools

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Image result for See Chee HowThe deplorable infrastructure facilities in schools in Sarawak, together with other factors including lack of qualified teachers and resources, has led to Sarawak being rooted at the bottom in terms of ranking based on the average overall student passes in public examinations in the country.

Highlighting this alarming fact, Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak vice chairman See Chee How has urged the state government to vigorously pursue with Putrajaya for the disbursement of the RM1 billion allocation under Budget 2018 for the state to repair dilapidated schools before the Parliament is dissolved this year.

“Sarawak is ranked number 13th in the country in terms of public examination results,” he said, pointing out that a rich, conducive and enabling learning and teaching environment was essential to nurturing children.

The poor infrastructure coupled with the lack of teaching and learning resources led to a less competitive learning environment, he added, played a big role in preventing students to do well and excel.

“The Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong need to chase after the money if the state government has not received it, RM500 million for this year and another RM500 million for next year,” he told a press conference at the PKR Stampin office in Maong Bazaar here today.

Time is of the essence, See reminded, considering that there were 415 critically dilapidated schools out of the total 1,454 schools in Sarawak which required immediate attention, while another 1,020 were classified as being in deplorable state.

“The minister (Manyin) has also mentioned that 110 critically dilapidated schools will be given priority to be rebuilt with the RM1 billion federal budgetary allocation for 2018,” he elaborated.

“We better hurry because we don’t have a lot of time. Let’s not forget that the school repair and rebuilding projects will take time to plan and for completion. We cannot afford anymore delay or leakages and this is something which must be done speedily,” he said.

Education is the biggest concerns of all parents and thus See believed that all Sarawakians were wary and watchful whether the federal government will honour its promise to deliver the RM1 billion allocation.

“On issues like this, in which education is the top priority of our children, which are crucial for their future and that of Sarawak, we stand together as Sarawakians,” he said.

“I am sure Dato Sri Michael Manyin is as anxious and wary as we in the opposition are whether the RM500 million federal budget allocation for this year and another RM500 million budgetary allocation for next year 2019 are merely pies in the sky or pots of gold at the end of the rainbow,” he emphasised.

The neglect of Sarawak and Sabah, in terms of basic needs such as rural infrastructural development, education and healthcare, See pointed out, was systemic to perpetuate the dependency of the two East Malaysian states on the federal government.

“We have been asking for this all the years but they never delivered, which to me is them (federal) trying to create that kind of dependency especially rural areas. Then when election comes, they give similar kind of sweet promises so I am very worried,” he said.

“The sudden generosity during an election year should therefore be viewed seriously and critically,” he warned.

Anyway, in stating the obvious, See added that the federal government should deliver the money since the allocation has already been provided in the federal budget 2018.

He also urged Manyin to disclose whether and how far has the state ministry has gone to identify and select the critically dilapidated schools which were given the priority to be rebuilt, when will the tenders be called and when will these projects be completed.

Source : The Borneo Post Online by  Karen Bong



1 Comment »

  1. Good call YB See
    Didnt they just opened a new super Highway with flyovers going every direction somewhere in Malaya just recently?
    They get good roads and we are stuck with rundown Schools.
    And now in Sarawak an LRT plan to connect a small area of Kuching Division.
    But what about the Schools?

    Comment by Brian — January 5, 2018 @ 2:52 PM | Reply

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