Hornbill Unleashed

March 31, 2018

Where is SMK Balingian?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Almost four years on, the proposed SMK Balingian project – a 2014’s Balingian by-election promise – remains a pipe dream for the constituents.

Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi bemoaned that Balingian folk are growing impatient as the building is still nowhere in sight.

He added that he had pursued the matter with the Education Ministry.

“The Education Minister (Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid) said the fund is available and (he) wants do the earth breaking. As N58 Balingian assemblyman, I am not impressed with the progress of the development of SMK Balingian, which is too slow.

“My rakyat have been questioning about the progress of the said school and now are assuming the YB (elected representative) of the area and government of the day being not serious in tackling the issue.

“The project has been published ever since (it was announced during the Balingian by-election) and so far, nothing concrete has been seen. It is my fervent wish that the authority concerned will take a firm action to implement the said project soonest,” Abdul Yakub said.

The then-Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made a promise during the Balingian by-election in 2014 that SMK Balingian would be built.

Muhyiddin was quoted as having announced the approval of RM60 million for the building of a new 24-classroom secondary school, which should be able to accommodate 800 students from the Balingian Sub-district.

In April 2016 during a gathering at Kampung Masjid in the sub-district, the media reported Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying that construction works on the proposed SMK Balingian would commence soon.

He was also quoted as saying that a land had been identified for the school’s site and the building plan was being drawn up.

Abdul Yakub highlighted that his area has many primary schools, but it does not have a secondary school.

Hence, these primary schools will be the feeder schools for the proposed secondary school.

“Otherwise, parents are compelled to send their children either to SMK Three Rivers or SMK St Patrick (in Mukah) – located some 60 km away, to continue their secondary education. Those in the lower income group will be burdened by the transportation cost.

“Therefore, it is crucial that this proposed secondary school becomes a reality,” he said.

Towards this end, Abdul Yakub also assured the people that he would work closely with Mukah District Education office to ensure there are no dropouts among pupils after their primary education.

Source : The Borneo Post Online by Peter Boon




  1. Where is the Sri Aman hospital promised more than 10 years ago? What happened to the hundreds of rural schools that have not been repaired and clinics that were not properly equiped? Did not Sarawak CM said Najib had done more for Sarawak than previous PM? Who was the richest CM in Malaysia during the time when Dr Mahathir was the PM? Where did all the rural development fund for Sarawak go to?

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — April 2, 2018 @ 5:40 PM | Reply

    • It ironical that Taib Mahmud and family became the richest CM and family although all the Najib ass lickers had claimed that Dr had done very little to develop Sarawak. Can Abang Johari, Wan Junaidi, James Masing explain to all Sarawakians how Taib Mahmud as CM for backward Sarawak could become the richest Malaysian in Sarawak when reciving the salary and perks of only a CM when Dr Mahathir was the PM whom these ass lickers for Najib claimed that Dr Mahathir had never cared for Sarawak as much as Najib?

      Comment by Awaken Dayak — April 3, 2018 @ 6:03 PM | Reply

  2. Umno Baru BN’s janji di chapati. Fake promises and taking the rakyat in rural areas as fools. Meanwhile all the scumbag useless and corrupted BN YBs are getting richer.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — April 1, 2018 @ 1:48 PM | Reply

  3. Sarawakians shut up and vote for BN if you want the school

    Comment by Salim — March 31, 2018 @ 1:13 PM | Reply

    • Perhaps the school is already built but made of Glass. Thats why nobody can see it yet until its all broken into pieces…fake news?
      All supposedly unfulfilled promises are infact fulfilled but invisible to the naked eye because they are made of clear crystals?
      What more do even BN Reps asked for?
      Tq BN…🤪

      Comment by Brian — April 3, 2018 @ 12:35 AM | Reply

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