Minister denies claims that fed govt’s promise to repair dilapidated schools in S’wak unfulfilled

Fadhlina Sidek

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KUCHING, Aug 18: Malaysian Minister of Education Fadhlina Sidek has refuted claims by a Sarawak deputy minister that the federal government had failed to fulfil its promise to rebuild dilapidated schools in the State.

According to a report by Bernama, Fadhlina said her ministry was making every effort to realise the matter, which includes talks between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Sarawak (MEITD).

“It is not true that we have not fulfilled the promise. We (MOE) had many meetings. I will have more meetings with MEITD Minister Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn and his deputies.

“This is to ensure that all project progress and works related to the dilapidated schools in Sarawak are carried out as planned,” she reportedly said after closing the Merdeka@Museum Exploration Programme at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Aug 17).

Fadhlina was responding to Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya’s allegations on the matter as reported by Sarawak media.

Dr Juanda, who is Jemoreng assemblyman, was reported to have expressed his frustration over the federal government’s inaction, especially on three dilapidated schools in his constituency which fall under the project, namely SK Pergau, SK Bawang Tian, and SK Sok. — DayakDaily