Budget 2023: 182 dilapidated schools in Sarawak to be upgraded

Tengku Zafrul Aziz presenting Budget 2023 in Parliament today. (Oct 7, 2023) Photo credit: Penerangan Facebook

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Oct 7: The federal government will upgrade 182 dilapidated schools in Sarawak under Budget 2023.

Finance Minister Senator Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said a total of RM2.3 billion is allocated to provide a conducive and safe learning space for school students, which recorded an increase compared to RM1.7 billion this year.

Of that amount, RM1.1 billion is allocated for school maintenance and repair works, including national schools, Chinese and Tamil secular schools, and religious schools.

“Meanwhile, a total of RM1.2 billion is allocated to upgrade the infrastructure of dilapidated schools, especially to replace old wooden buildings for the comfort of children in Sabah and Sarawak, involving 123 projects in Sabah and 182 projects in Sarawak,” he said when tabling the Budget 2023 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He also said to meet the needs of the local population, the federal government will start building five new schools next year with a cost of RM430 million.

These schools involve SMK Dudong in Sarawak, SMK Nabalu in Sabah, SK Paya Dusun in Terengganu as well as SK Cyberjaya 2 and SMK Denai Alam in Selangor. — DayakDaily