Sarawak offers Putrajaya RM1b loan to repair, rebuild dilapidated schools in the state

Fadillah (seated centre) speaking to reporters as other GPS MPs look on.

KUCHING, September 14: The state government is offering the federal government a RM1 billion loan to repair and rebuild dilapidated schools in the state.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) whip chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said he and 15 other GPS MPs met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday and proposed the offer to him.

No immediate answer was given, but Fadillah said the meeting was very fruitful as other issues with regards to Sarawak were also forwarded and discussed with Dr Mahathir.

“With regards to the RM1 billion loan from the state government to the federal government, it can be a loan or the federal government can write off some of the state government’s debts,” explained Fadillah.

The other issues GPS MPs discussed with Dr Mahathir was on infrastructure projects and allocations that had been planned and approved during the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s reign.

He said they urged the prime minister to continue with the promised projects and allocations for the benefit of the people of Sarawak.

“One example is Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot, who had applied for RM310 million for the Serian Industrial Training Institute that had been approved by the previous government, and Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Karim, who had applied for the RM1 billion Batang Lupar bridge that had been approved,” said Fadillah.

No immediate response was given by Dr Mahathir but Fadillah said he was pleased that the prime minister was very open and showed positive attitude during the meeting. He even requested the GPS MPs and state government to continue meeting with him whenever possible. — DayakDaily