RTP allocations differ according to schools’ needs, says Abang Johari

Abang Johari (right) when met by reporters outside of CIDB Convention Centre, Kuching on June 22, 2024.

By Marlynda Meraw

KUCHING, June 22: The allocations from the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) will differ from school to school depending on the needs (of the school), said Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to Abang Johari, the RTP funds used to upgrade schools are provided by the Sarawak government and do not need to be claimed by the federal government.


“However, the RTP allocations will differ accordingly. For example, suppose the rooftop of a particular school is leaking. In that case, the RTP allocation will cover only the leakage,” said Abang Johari when met by the reporters after the Sarawak Education Award Ceremony 2024 at Santubong Hall, CIDB Convention Centre, Kuching today.

He clarified that although RTPs can be allocated for school upgrades, they do not include upgrades such as the construction of a new building.

“The RTP can be used only to repair and upgrade schools. The construction of a new building is a different matter,” he said.

With each elected representative given a yearly RTP of RM5 million, Abang Johari, in his earlier speech, urged everyone to request the necessary school upgrades.

“Go to your elected representative and request for the allocations because I say that they (elected representatives) have the money (RTP) for it,” said Abang Johari. — DayakDaily