MP on wobbly teachers’ quarters, water woes and “sick” bridge in Mas Gading

Mordi speaking in Parliament. — photo courtesy of Mordi Bimol

KUCHING, July 25: SMK Lake urgently needs a new block for the teachers as the current double-storey one is no longer safe for occupation, Parliament heard recently.

In debating the royal address, Mordi Bimol (DAP-Mas Gading) said the current block was already “goyong” (shaky) and run down.

“The Works Ministry already announced that the building is not safe to be occupied. However, the teachers are still using it, because they have no choice,” Mordi told DayakDaily.

The first-time lawmaker also brought up the water woes affecting SMK Sinibong, which is a new boarding school located between Bau and Lundu.

“The school is suffering from grave water problems. Initially, there were more than 200 boarders, but now only 11 are staying in the hostel.


“The rest of the boarders have gone back home. They commute every day in order not to miss school. However, it is costly for the parents and is causing a lot of inconveniences for the parents, who have to send their children to school every day.”

Mordi revealed that the teachers and students who remained in the school had to wake up at 3am every morning to save water for the day’s use.

He said he did not know the reason for the dry taps in SMK Sinibong, but he said Mas Gading area generally had been experiencing low water pressure, including in his own house, which is near Bau town.

“I will look into it after the Parliament sitting is over. I will go meet the Rural Water Supply Department to find out what is the main reason that Mas Gading is suffering from lack of treated water.”

Mordi also brought up the issue of a very sick bridge project in Mas Gading — the construction of Jambatan Selampit.

“Work on this bridge started in 2003 with a RM500,000 allocation. Construction went on for three months and then the whole project stopped.

“In 2016, (former Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) came and announced an allocation of RM10 million for the building of the bridge. But until now, nothing happened at the work site.

“The bridge is very important to the people of the area. I will fight for it,” said Mordi. — DayakDaily