Unfair to blame others for freak accident, says rep

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MIRI: It is unfair to put the blame on the elected representative, the state government and the school over the incident involving a pupil falling from the first floor of her school in Baram.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said no one intended for the accident to occur and heaved a sigh of relief as the primary school pupil did not sustain major injuries.

“It is not fair to blame the local elected representative, the school and the state government as no one wants this to happen.

“We are doing all we can to ensure the schools are safe through continuous refurbishment and improvement of facilities,” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Friday (Jan 21).

Dennis expressed disappointment with the comments by netizens who had taken the incident out of context, with some even claiming that it caused the student to be fatally injured.

“The pupil has been discharged from the hospital.

“She is scheduled to attend follow-up treatment in the coming weeks. There were no serious injuries.”

Dennis said claims that the elected representative and the state government had neglected the school was untrue.

“As for myself, I had allocated about RM100,000 for improvement of facilities at the school. This also included tiling the assembly place for the students.

“The school too had received allocations from the (Education) ministry to upgrade its wooden boards. Throughout this time, the school has been receiving improvements in terms of facilities.

“The school received approval to be refurbished and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) had always strove to improve the school.”

He added that he had also brought State Education Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee to visit the school in 2019.

This, he said, allowed the school to be recommended for an upgrade under the Federal Education Ministry dilapidated school repair programme.

“There are two schools (in Telang Usan) which were included – this and another school. We are thankful for that.”

Earlier Friday, it was reported that a primary school pupil was rushed to Miri Hospital after falling 10 feet to the ground after the school corridor collapsed.

The incident was reported to have occurred at SK Long Bemang, Sungai Apoh in Baram around 10am on Thursday (Jan 20).

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