Elected representatives allowed to enter school premises

Mohamad Alamin signing a plaque to declare open the completed building blocks at SK Anchi in Miri today (June 14, 2022). Among those looking on was Yii (left).

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 14: Sarawak’s lawmakers (YBs) are now free to enter schools and give assistance, as the purported directive barring them from entering school premises has been lifted.

This was disclosed by Deputy Education Minister II, Dato Mohamad Alamin today during a working visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Anchi in Piasau.

He said the decision to withdraw the ban was made recently by the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MoE) during a meeting.

“YBs are now allow to enter schools and are welcome to contribute and give assistance to schools for students’ well-being,” he said.

He added, they were not barred from entering schools, but due to the Covid-19 situation at that time, the prohibition was necessary as the ministry did not want to expose students to the risk of getting infected.

During his working visit, Mohamad has declared opened two building blocks at SK Anchi that were constructed at a total cost of RM6.5 million.

Construction started on June 4 in 2020, taking 18 months to complete a four-storey classroom block and a pre-school building fully equipped with built-in furniture.

The project was carried out under the federal government’s RM1 billion allocation for Sarawak to help repair dilapidated schools in the State.

Mohamad also thanked Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg for the collaboration to make the process a success.

For the record, Abang Johari received his early education at SK Anchi in Piasau.

On another notes, Mohamad disclosed that as of today, under phase one, a total of 41 projects involving repairing and restoring dilapidated schools in Sarawak have been approved at a cost of RM350 million.

“Eight projects have been completed, 31 are ongoing and two are in the early stage of construction,” he said.

Also present during the event were Pujut assemblyman-cum-Miri Mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang and Sarawak Education Director Datu Dr Azhar Ahmad. — DayakDaily