Wednesday, October 23

Budget 2020 a bit ‘underwhelming’, says Tupong rep

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Fazzrudin (second left) interacts with one of the aid recipients. The assemblyman is flanked by Athmanathan (left) and Anthony. — Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING: Budget 2020 feels a bit underwhelming, says Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman, in that he expects more funds would be set aside for the repair works on dilapidated schools across Sarawak.

“They (Pakatan Harapan-led federal government) announced RM735 million to repair schools in Malaysia, with the priority given to Sabah and Sarawak (under Budget 2020), even though previously, it had been discussed that RM1 billion would be slated for the repair works on dilapidated schools in the state.

“Sik jelas’ (it is unclear). So I am hoping for a more detailed explanation in the future, maybe during the (Parliament) debate,” the assemblyman said in his opening remarks for the Deepavali 2019 Charity Event at the Indian Association Kuching (IAK) hall here yesterday.

He said as a young leader, it was his hope that not only would the dilapidated schools be repaired, but for more schools, specifically cluster schools, to be built throughout Sarawak.

“As a young leader, I hope that the dilapidated schools in the state would be repaired so that our children could study in good condition, but I also hope that more schools, specifically cluster schools, could be built in the state – for example, the MRSM (Mara Junior Science College).

“There are so few in Sarawak; whereas if you go to the peninsula, you could see one MRSM and then drive for half an hour, you would see another MRSM.

“I hope there would be more MRSMs in Sarawak.

“We want our children to have the space and the opportunity to gain knowledge so they could better themselves and contribute to their families and Sarawak in the future,” said Fazzrudin.

Later, the assemblyman handed over aid, in the form of cash and food items, to 55 needy individuals.

Acting IAK president Ratha Perumall, its advisor Anthony Ramanair and deputy secretary Ahtmanathan Vengidasalam were also present.