Cuepacs Sarawak chairman Ahmad Malie

KUCHING: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers’ Union (KGBS) calls on all parties or organisations looking to make contributions or install equipment in a school to seek permission from the Education Department or Ministry of Education.

“It is because there are contributions, particularly in terms of equipment requires servicing from a technician. Thus, an agreement from the Education Department or Ministry is needed to ensure that the equipment is taken care of,” said its president, Ahmad Malie.

“KGBS do not want the equipment given to become ‘white elephants’ (a possession that is useless or troublesome) due to miscommunication and lack of funds to operate.”

He said this when asked to comment on a recent decision by Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) to set up broadband internet services in schools in Baleh constituency.

Ahmad Malie also reminded that despite their good intentions organisations are not allowed to enter school premises at will without permission from the authorities.

“KGBS hopes that these organisations will be more polite and mindful when entering school premises to avoid untoward incidents.

“Which is why it is best to obtain permission first before entering a school,” he said.

At the same time, KGBS hopes that the relevant authorities would be more flexible when considering contributions from any organisation.

“We welcome all contributions and efforts from all parties and organisations for the wellbeing of students,” he said.