RM50 mln needed for rebuilding SJKCs

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KUCHING: Sarawak Local Government and Housing (MLGH) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian estimates that about RM50 million is needed to rebuild and relocate Chinese national type primary schools (SJKCs) statewide.

He said RM8 million and RM10 million had been given in 2020 and 2021 respectively to the special unit for Chinese schools under MLGH for the purpose.

“The rebuilding of dilapidated school blocks and relocation of schools from rural to urban are private responsibility of school boards. 

“Projected out of 223 SJKCs in Sarawak, it needs about RM50 million for the above purpose over the next five years. 

“Thank you to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for establishing a unit under MLGH last year with RM8 million in 2020 for 12 schools and RM10 million in 2021 for 16 schools,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Oct 7).

Dr Sim said the current scope was to help stagger funding to rebuild dilapidated school blocks and relocation of schools. 

“I am sure in future once the immediate basics such as classroom blocks and relocation are achieved, we will expand to include other facilities.”

Recently, the Batu Kawa assemblyman presented a portion of the RM10mil grant for the relocation of SJK Chiaw Nam in Taman Tunku, Miri from Marudi. The project received RM2 million.

He added similarly, SJK Yu Hin in Limbang received RM300,000. The school was originally relocated from Kanowit.

Dr Sim said the funds given by the state government started during former chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s tenure in 2015.

He added that in terms of operations and yearly maintenance subsidy costs, this would be borne by the federal government.

He said grants were also given to mission schools along with alienation of state land with land title to the school board. 

“There are 63,000 Sarawakians in SJKC with 40 percent of students in some of the (Chinese) schools are Bumiputera. This is Sarawak. Chinese schools are for all races.”

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