By OSMAN RAZALI
Find resolution that favour interests, welfare of the affected schools
KUCHING: The federal government’s action through the Ministry of Education (MoE) which rejected the previously agreed loan contra account formula in solving the issue of dilapidated schools in Sarawak would undoubtedly delay the development process of the schools involved.
According to Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie, this action is more likely to cause disappointment among the school teams as they have been waiting too long for their schools to be repaired.
In last February, the federal loan contra account formula proposal was agreed between Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
Recently, Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said the federal government had rejected the loan contra account formula, and insisted that the loan payment of RM1 billion to the federal government should be solely taken as an ‘advance payment’ to the federal on loans owed by the state.
In this regard, KGBS appealed to Maszlee to reconsider the previously agreed proposal with the state government in addressing the issue of dilapidated schools immediately.
Ahmad further stressed that the issue of education should not be politicised as it would be detrimental to our own nation.
“KGBS urges both governments to find a resolution that is more in favour of the interests and welfare of the affected schools,” he pointed out.