Two circulars on school ban issued

Dr Penguang Manggil

KUCHING: Two circulars were issued by the Education Ministry banning GPS representatives for visiting schools in Sarawak.

Local Government and Housing Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil revealed this when he responded to state Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, who on Wednesday said GPS representatives were not prohibited from visiting schools in Sarawak.

Dr Penguang Manggil

“The circulars were issued last May and Sept,” Penguang told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

He also dismissed an allegation by Chong that GPS representatives were using schools as political platforms where they showed party logos and delivered political speeches.

“That is not true. When we officiate at school functions, we normally present grants to the schools and parent-teacher associations.

“Under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) we have approved projects such as multipurpose halls, covered walkways, fencing, running tracks and classroom blocks,” he said.

Penguang said, for example, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had given a direct grant of RM637,000to SJK Chung Hua School in Marudi.

“In other words, under the Minor Rural Project (MRP), RTP and Projek Rakyat, we have spent millions over the years. The PH government should not politicise schools, especially those in Sarawak as because the students who are all Sarawakians, will become the victims of the ridiculous ruling,” he said.