Saturday, August 20

‘New federal govt will surely repair dilapidated schools’

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Gerawat (standing back row, eight left) poses with parents, teachers and pupils taking part in the sports meet.

MIRI: Sarawak is confident the new federal government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will implement the work to repair dilapidated schools in the state.

Deputy speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Datuk Gerawat Gala said the confidence was based on the federal government’s indication that it would work with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

He said previously under Barisan Nasional, allocations totalling RM1 billion had been approved to repair and replace dilapidated schools in Sarawak, but was later cancelled by Pakatan Harapan (PH) government after they took over due to financial constraint.

The state government has paid part of what it owed the federal government in two instalments totalling RM700 million, but Sarawak had not received even RM1 to repair dilapidated schools, he added.

“Funding for repair and building of school infrastructure is the responsibility of the federal government.

“Therefore, I am confident that under the new government works to upgrade dilapidated schools, especially in rural areas, can be expedited,” he said when declaring open the annual sports meet of  SK Long Moh recently.

He said the school had applied for allocations to urgently repair its run-down administrative building and staff quarters.

Gerawat, who is also Mulu assemblyman, said application for the funding would be forwarded to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research for consideration.

He added that in 2018, RM40,000 was approved under minor rural project (MRP) to repair, upgrade and install tiled floor in the school’s dining hall, and another RM5,000 was given in 2017 to repair the toilet.

“The state government has also approved RM120 million under Highland Development Agency (HDA) for the construction of road from Long Selaan to Long Moh, which is expected to be completed in two years’ time.

The project would include the construction of two bridges across Baram River and Moh River, both in Long Moh.

At the function, he also announced an allocation for parent-teacher associations (PTAs) of six primary schools in Ulu Baram; SK Long Moh (RM6,000), SK Lg Sait (RM5,000), SK Long Makaba (RM4,000), SK Lio Mato (RM3,500), SK Long Jeeh/Long Silat RM3,500) and SK Long Tungan (RM3,000).

Baram Education officer who is also chairman of Baram Headmasters Association Samuel Iwat, SK Long Moh headmaster Kelimin Kiran, SK Long Moh PTA chairman Pastor Lawai Elli, and Marudi deputy walikota Simpson Njock were also present at the event.