SERIAN, Jan 17: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) must be timely and seriously look into issues in the state especially on dilapidated schools as quality education is imperative for the future of children and Sarawak’s progress.
Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong pointed out that after half a century working with parties from Peninsular Malaysia, increasing numbers of dilapidated schools remained a huge problem and which Sarawak is most worried about.
“In Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak have the highest numbers of dilapidated schools; 1,200 out of 1,457 schools in Sarawak have been identified as dilapidated while 415 schools are in critical condition that required to be rebuilt,” he reiterated at the GPS Flag Rally programme in Serian community hall here last night.
“The federal ministers have come to visit and see for themselves the condition of these schools. They showed sympathy and sadness but no action has been taken after that. And they haven’t returned since,” he said.
Manyin told those present that only Sarawakians will fight for and protect Sarawak’s rights.
He urged them not to be fooled by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government anymore as he claimed Peninsula-based parties cannot fulfill even one promise they gave to Sarawak.
“Remember what Tok Nan (the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) had mentioned before that our rights have either been purposely taken away or they have been eroded. As such, GPS will continue his struggle and to ensure no more rights be stripped off anymore,” he emphasised.
He added that GPS will work harder to ensure victory in the next election to ensure a better future for Sarawak, the people and the next generation.
Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh, Serian Member of Parliament Datuk Sri Richard Riot and Parti Persaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu were among those present. — DayakDaily