Volunteers to coordinate returning teachers

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

KUCHING: Sarawak Volunteers (SV) is looking to coordinate the return of non-Sarawakian Malaysian teachers to their stations in the state, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He said the organisation was aware of the high cost of airfares to Sarawak at this time and was obtaining data on the teachers to negotiate lower airfares with Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

“I already spoke with the Transportation deputy minister to get MAS to consider giving these teachers lower airfare. We will wait for the feedback, but the important thing now is to get the relevant data.

“Without the data it would be difficult to make arrangements, so I advise the teachers to register themselves with SV,” he told New Sarawak Tribune in a telephone conversation yesterday (June 6).

Fadillah, who is also SV patron, said the organisation was not just looking to obtain information on government school teachers, but all teachers stationed in Sarawak.

“Just register first; we want the numbers. (Probably) they will go by commercial flights, but we are hoping that the fares which are now nearly RM2,000 to be lowered,” he said.

Asked about the first flight to Sarawak for the teachers, he said it would depend on the data obtained. For the time being, SV is looking to gather and coordinate the information.

Earlier this week, school teacher and famous blogger in the Sarawak education fraternity, Ahmad Faizal Osman or better known as Cikgu Emmet, said Malayan teachers were worried about the high airfares to Sarawak.

He hoped that the government could subsidise the airfare for these teachers to make them more affordable.

Teachers hoping to return to Sarawak from Malaya, Sabah and Labuan can give their information to SV secretariat by contacting Dayang (019-3882984), Sakinah (012-4629293), Nazmi (013-5717130) or Aisyah (010-5384707).