Bukit Semuja rep: Classify 2 Seventh Day Adventist schools as mission schools and give grant

John debating on TYT's speech in Sarawak Legislative Assembly on May 17, 2023. (Photo taken from Sarawak Public Communication Unit live stream).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, May 17: Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus has questioned Sarawak’s inclusivity claim, pointing out that two schools under the Seventh Day Adventist are not listed as mission schools in Sarawak.

Citing Sunny Hill School in Kuching and Ayer Manis School in Serian, John said mission schools have received government grants through the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), while other private schools enjoy financial assistance one way or another from the Sarawak government but not these two schools.


“Thus, in this august House I hope that these schools will be included and listed at where it is supposed to be. After all their (the two schools) roles and functions in human development and education is similar to others and (they) adhere to our education policy,” he emphasised when debating on the TYT speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Sitting today.

Furthermore, John also raised queries on the Sarawak government’s plan of action towards earthquake, following news reports that Sarawak and Sabah are now within the “Pacific Ring of Fire”.

“We have read or seen from newspapers and social media that Malaysia, especially Sabah Region and Sarawak Region (Northern Sarawak), are now part of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’.

“This means there is a possibility that earthquake may strike anytime and we have seen it happened in Sabah in 2015 and last year 2022.

“So with that, what is the action plan of the Sarawak government? Is there a special department, special unit or special team to handle or create awareness programme on this matter?” John asked. — DayakDaily