Dr Sim repeats appeal to donors for school restoration fund

The restoration project at the school nears completion.

KUCHING: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has repeated his appeal to the public to help fund the St Joseph school’s Mill Hill Blocks (1894) restoration project.

He said, while there was progress made in terms of donations received for the RM5.5 million project, it was still insufficient to pay the contractors.

“Times are hard but this project can’t be delayed any longer as the century old building is at risk of collapse. We needed to fix it before it breaks into pieces as by then, it will be too late.

“Please step up and step forward; help as generously as possible. Everyone can donate. No amount is too small,” the Old Josephians’ Association (OJA) president said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

In Oct last year, the Batu Kawah assemblyman said the school needed to raise RM3 million to cover for the shortfall of the project.

“Since we started the fund raising in 2017, OJA raised more than RM2.5 million, out of which RM1.5 million was contributed by the state government,” he said at the time.

Dr Sim said the school had contributed to thousands of Sarawakians through its gift of education, enabling their alumni to excel and thrive in all fields throughout the world.

“Josephians had played significant roles in building and developing Sarawak socially, economically and politically — notably with four of six chief ministers from St Joseph Kuching.

“This is the first time in years that the school is calling on us to help restore the Mill Hill Blocks which was certified unsafe by the Public Works Department (JKR),” he said.

Donations can be channelled to SJS Mill Hill Block Restoration Maybank account at 5111-1352-6004.