KUCHING: The controversial claim by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik that Putrajaya has repaired 90 percent of the dilapidated schools nationwide is to calm the nerves of Pakatan Harapan (PH) supporters.

Utilities Assistant Minister (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said that it was done amid lacklustre performance by the federal government.

Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi

“The state government has only paid RM350 million or one-third of the RM1 billion repair costs to Putrajaya. How was the figure of 90 percent repair completion obtained?

“In the last State Legislative Assembly (DUN) session on Nov 12, Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said that only 19.2 percent of the dilapidated schools have been repaired through federal funds,” he explained.

Manyin had said that from the RM350 million paid to Putrajaya, it was expected that 33.3 percent of dilapidated schools in the state would be repaired.

“The attention has to be directed towards repairing schools in Sarawak and Sabah which has the highest number of dilapidated schools.”

Dr Abdul Rahman later urged the education minister to state the current percentage of repairs for the dilapidated schools in Sarawak and Sabah.

“It is best if Maszlee reveals the real percentage of the dilapidated school repairs in the state as of now,” he added.