SMK Sg Tapang in a state of decline

Chong (third from right) being briefed about the condition at the school. On Chong's left is his special assistant Abdul Aziz Isa.

KUCHING, June 26: SMK Sg Tapang in Kota Sentosa is now in urgent need of repair after their calls for help over the years fell on deaf ears.

Kota Sentosa state assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen, after visiting the school and holding a dialogue with the principal and Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG), said he was appalled with what he saw — plenty of old and broken facilities, and partially operational toilets.

“The most pressing matter at hand is the nearly collapsed walkway due to erosion of the substratum soil underneath it. The walkway has been cordoned off,” he said in a press statement today.

Being the only school in Sarawak picked to participate in the International Baccalaureate programme, Chong said it beyond believe to see the current state of the school.

The problems plaguing the school actually arose many years ago, claimed Chong, but the principal and PIBG dared not seek help from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) as it was then an opposition party.

“Despite repeated requests to the previous government, no remedial action was taken,” said the state DAP chairman, who is also Stampin MP.

Chong said he would write to Minister of Education Dr Maszlee Malik to alert him of the situation. — DayakDaily