Deputy Premier wants rural longhouses to set up own mini libraries equipped with English, Malay books

Uggah (in white) greeted by SRK St John students in Spaoh today (June 9, 2023).

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KUCHING, June 9: Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is urging longhouses in rural Sarawak to set up their own mini libraries.

He said these libraries should be well-stocked with books and magazines in both English and Malay languages.

“In Sarawak, we still place a strong emphasis on the English language. In fact, Sarawak is the only State still doing this as English is a very important international language in communication, education, business, science, technology and so forth.

“Although Bahasa Malaysia is our official language, we want our students to be proficient in English. In our State Legislative Assembly sittings, we use both English and Bahasa Malaysia to speak and debate,” he said in a statement today.

Uggah was speaking at the SRK St John’s English language proficiency course launching ceremony held at Rh Jabin Begillie at Tembawai Tinting in Spaoh today.

At the event, he also announced a grant of RM10,000 for SRK St John to acquire more reading materials, and another RM100,000 to upgrade the school sports field. — DayakDaily