Dilapidated schools: Abang Jo to meet Maszlee over loan contra issue this month

Dr Annuar Rapaee

KOTA SAMARAHAN, April 16: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will meet with Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik end of this month to discuss on RM1 billion federal loan contra issue.

Deputy Minister of Education and Technological Research Dr Annuar Rapaee said the Sarawak government will take a firm approach to settle the issue.

He explained that the initial agreement was that the Sarawak government will fork out RM1 billion for upgrading dilapidated schools and sum used to contra debt Sarawak owes to Federal Government.

However, the proposal was later rejected by the Education Ministry.

“For that, YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak has made a decision to take a firm stance where the cost of upgrading of the dilapidated schools will contra the debt.

“We will just wait for the meeting to be convened. On my part, I just want to see a solution that will bring benefit to the students in Sarawak.”

“This is because we need the funds to be channeled as soon as possible to repair the dilapidated schools in Sarawak,” he said when met by the media after attending National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN)’s “From Student Perspective” talk held at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) today.

A total of 50 students comprising Student Council members from several public and private institutions of higher learning attended the talk which aimed to highlight solutions for students to settle their PTPTN loans. — DayakDaily