Fuel shortage leaves 40 schools in the dark

One of the affected schools in darkness after its fuel supply ran out.

MIRI: More than 40 primary and secondary schools here and in Limbang division have been hit by diesel shortage – some over 10 days ago – as the appointed contractor has fallen behind in stocking up fuel tanks.

Reliable sources told The Borneo Post the SMK Tutoh Apoh and SMK Temenggong Datuk Lawai Jau, both in Baram, have been left in darkness for more than 10 days while a further 28 primary schools in Baram have also been similarly affected.

Schools in Lawas are also said to have suffered a similar fate, including SK Long Luping, SK Ba Kelalan and SK Long Tengoa, after their fuel supply ran out last week.

Although students are now enjoying their mid-year holidays from June 8 to June 23, the schools themselves remain operational as administrative staffers still turn up for work and are in need of power and water supply – both of which require fuel to run the generator set.

“Without fuel, you cannot run the generators to power the el