‘We will resolve the RM1b contra loan issue to repair dilapidated schools’ — Manyin

Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, July 12: Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong has vowed to resolve the RM1 billion contra loan offer to repair dilapidated schools during his meeting in Putrajaya next week.

The state Education, Science and Technological Research Minister said he will be meeting with officers from the Education Ministry and Finance Ministry to resolve any misunderstanding over the issue.

“We have received an official letter from the Ministry of Finance and the state government has already replied. We have made arrangement for the meeting to resolve the whole issue.

“We don’t want to talk in the newspapers anymore. We go there and work this out. I think this will be resolved very soon,” he said after attending the Pesta MINDA and STEM 2019 at Chung Hua Middle School No 1, here, today.

Manyin also urged certain quarters not to politicise the matter, as education should not be politicised.

“We don’t want to politicise education because the children will suffer,” he pointed out.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, in a statement on July 6, said the state government has not responded to its proposal on the RM1 billion loan repayment to repair dilapidated schools in Sarawak.

On July 7, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg clarified that the state government has already discussed the matter with Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik last May, to contra the state loan of about RM2.4 billion. — DayakDaily