`Poor road networks impede development of rural schools’

Abang Zulkifli (standing third left), Norina (to his left) poses with the event organising committee members.

LINGGA, April 30: Lack of good road networks hindered efforts to develop rural school infrastructures.

Press Secretary to the Works Minister, Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh said this was not an easy matter, especially for people residing in rural areas such as Banting in Lingga.

“One of the main problems is the lack of links in the road network that makes it difficult for us to connect and to develop infrastructures in rural schools.


“This problem is not happening in this place only but in other districts, too,” he said when representing Works Minister Baru Bian to officiate at the 2019 Charity Dinner at SK St Paul Banting, Lingga, on Monday (April 29).

Also present were SK St Paul Banting headmaster Downey George and Pencil Project chairman Norina Umoi Utot.

Abang Zulkifli told those present that there were many poor schools in the state, where even the teachers’ quarters were in bad conditions.

Hence, he was pleased to note that the state and federal governments were working together to address the problem.

“We thank both the Sarawak government and the federal government to work together to address the problems of the school and the people’s problems,” he said.

He said the people’s priorities and schools’ interests should be emphasised and noted without thinking of partisan political ideologies.

“The importance of education should be emphasised to produce quality human beings in the future.

“I see the importance of parents’ intervention, as education starts from home,” said Abang Zulkifli. — DayakDaily