I could have given them but crowdfunding excluded me: Rep
KUCHING: A displeased Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau feels he has been unfairly bypassed by a school in his constituency in its fundraising initiative.
The assemblyman could not hide his feelings when Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Long Loyang in Marudi resorted to crowdfunding to fund the construction of its hostel toilet, making him to appear as an unwilling party.
“They could have just contacted me and asked for the fund,” he fumed when responding to a post that went viral on social media yesterday.
He said he could not help feeling that by keeping him out of the initiative reflected badly on him as the local assemblyman.
“Funny thing is, a few days ago that particular school called to invite me for a programme that they have organised.
“I asked them to move the programme to another date as I had committed myself to another programme, which is a visit by the Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg).
The Telang Usan assemblyman strongly refuted a rumour that the school had approached him but to no avail.
“Anyone can contact me, in fact every Tom, Dick and Harry can,” Dennis insisted.
“You can ask anyone at the school, my office is the biggest contributor to their PIBG fund.
“I even helped them via the rural transformation programme (RTP), and that includes construction of the school hall.
“No other schools have a hall of that stature, only them,” he pointed out.
Dennis said that sometimes when schools approached the district education office, the office would say that no funding could be provided.
He said he made it a point to help schools out in such situation.
The plea for funding went viral on social media yesterday, capturing the attention of the public, including figures such as actress Diana Danielle who shared the post on her Instagram account.