Renovation works on SK Syed Othman to be completed on time

Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting (centre) with the contractor and the Public Works Department (PWD) visiting the site today.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, 5 Mar: Refurbishing works on Sekolah Kebangsaan Syyed Othman Miri is proceeding well and is expected to be completed on time, says Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting today.

Currently, the renovation works of the school are about nine per cent completed.

In highlighting this after visiting the site, Ting who is also Piasau Assemblyman added, that the RM7.947 million rebuilt and repair works project on the school, is using the Industrialised Building System (IBS) and the hybrid conventional school concrete methods.

The project has been commenced on September 22 last year (2020) and is expected for completion on March 16, 2022.

In December 2019, the school’s pupils have been moved to SK Miri to make way for the rebuilt works.

“Once completed, the school will have two new blocks of a four-storey building with nine classrooms and an administration,” Ting explained.

The school is located in the heart of Miri City and was opened in 1962 on a 1.21-hectare site.

For the record, the school had been picked as among the primary schools to be redeveloped under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Back in 2012, former Education Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi had set aside allocation worth RM100,000 to repair the school building after he had conducted a brief visit to the school.

In 2016, netizens in Miri were stunned upon seeing a photo (circulating in social media) of a primary school girl (of the SK Sayed Othman), who had sustained injuries on her left leg up to the knee when a rickety floorboard in her class gave way after she stepped on it.

The photo went viral on Facebook, prompting many netizens to express their concern over the school’s safety.

“Hopefully when they return to school when it opens, there would be a new building where they can attend their classes in a conducive learning environment,” said Ting.

He added, with the new building, the school will be able to accommodate more than 400 pupils.

Presently, the school has 179 pupils. – DayakDaily