Siting issue delays construction of SMK Serian No 2

Manyin delivering his winding-up speech.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Nov 12: The implementation of the SMK Serian No 2 project, approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan’s first rolling plan, has been delayed due to siting issues.

State Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said the Education Ministry has applied for a new site from federal Department of Director General of Lands and Mines on Oct 15, this year.

“To date, we have not received any further development on this matter,” he said in his ministerial winding-up speech at the DUN sitting here today.

He was responding to a question raised by John Ilus (GPS-Bukit Semuja).

The school project consists of 36 classrooms, a hostels to accommodate 400 students, 12 units of teachers’ quarters and other related facilities.

As for SK Sri Sadong project, he said that it was at the stage of tender documentation preparation.

To a question from Yussibnosh Balo (GPS-Balingian), he said the state Education Department has informed that a Value Engineering (VE) exercise for the proposed SMK Balingian was held on Sept 3-6 and the tender is expected to be called early 2020.

In respond to Safiee Ahmad (GPS-Daro), the state Education Department is in the process of identifying and evaluating new sites for schools that are located in the flood-prone areas, Manyin said.

“We seek the Yang Berhormat’s assistance on this matter. If suitable sites are available, these can be submitted to the Education Ministry for their consideration,” he added.

On the SMK Kanowit project, which has been approved for total replacement under the 11MP (third rolling plan), Manyin said it was currently in the planning stage. — DayakDaily