KUCHING, June 26: Democratic Action Party (DAP) is urging Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak to expedite the tender process for the construction of a new multipurpose hall for SK Jalan Arang.
Abdul Aziz Isa, special assistant to Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen, emphasised in a media release yesterday that Chong has approved and allocated RM400,000 for the proposed project via his MP allocation on May 25.
“The school headmaster Edward Peter Bajat had submitted (the plans for) the proposed multipurpose hall project to Stampin Parliamentary Service Centre office quite some time ago and YB Chong has approved it,” he said.
“The plan has been submitted to JKR Sarawak for the process of open tender. So I hope JKR Sarawak can expedite the tender process so that the project to build the new multipurpose hall can be completed by end of this year,” he added.
He highlighted this when attending the Gawai Raya celebration organised by the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) yesterday.
Aziz pointed out that SK Jalan Arang with 768 pupils and 64 staff is in dire need of its own multipurpose hall as the school has been renting private venues and buses to organise their outdoor activities.
“This issue came to light after a meeting with the headmaster on Jan 25 this year. With the increasing number of students annually, it is high time for the school to have its own multipurpose hall for their curricular activities.
“As the government of the day, it is our duty to ensure the development needs of the school (are met) so to provide for the learning and teaching of students and teachers,” he added.
This project, Aziz explained, was similar to that of SK Garland which had received financial assistance of RM250,000 from Chong on Jan 4 this year to repair a damaged building.
“DAP through Stampin Parliamentary Service Centre will try our best to give better service to the public especially to the schools within Batu Kitang state constituency. This is because education is an investment that pays the best interest,” he assured.
At the event, he also represented RM2,500 financial assistance to the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) which was received by its chairman Andrew Winston. — DayakDaily