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KUCHING, July 25: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) communication chief William Mangor opined that Sarawakian children are being treated like ‘political detainees’ in the debate over dilapidated schools in Sarawak.
“What’s the motif of the federal government? They could have just monitor the cost of repairing the schools, rather than asking (for repayment of loan) and approving (it later). What are they trying to convey?” he questioned in a press release issued today.
He was commenting on the statement by Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong who yesterday urged the state government to immediately repay RM350 million in order to allow the Ministry of Finance to approve and allocate the same amount for dilapidated school repairs.
William noted that Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak before the last general election promised to return 50 per cent of taxes and education autonomy to Sarawak.
“Our oil and gas resources have all gone to Malaya but what did Sarawakians receive or benefit in return? They treated us unfairly,” he said.
“They promised the moon and stars in the last general election. After they won, Sarawak is neglected just like that and in turn the people are being punished in all kinds of ways which among the issues implicated are dilapidated schools,” he added.
“Where is the determination of the federal government?”
William also questioned the commitment of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government in resolving the dilapidated school issues in Sarawak. — DayakDaily