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RM59 mln to connect electricity, treated water supplies to schools
Posted on : 12 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post

RM59 mln to connect electricity treated water supplies to schools

 October 12, 2018, Friday Samuel Aubrey,

KUCHING: The State Cabinet has approved a RM59 million-allocation to connect electricity and treated water supplies to schools in Sarawak.

However, this cannot proceed yet without consent from the Ministry of Education because schools come under the federal government, through the ministry.

Dato Sri Michael Manyin

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin said the allocation was based on estimates provided by the Department of Education.

He said he had presented a cabinet paper on the estimates, and the amount was approved during the recent State Cabinet meeting.

Manyin added that the matter was urgent since Sarawak still has 371 schools dependent on generator sets for electricity, and 428 schools without treated water supply.

“The Education Department has already identified 113 schools which can be connected directly to the power grid because they are located less than 1km away from the grid. The estimated cost for this is RM50 million.

“The department has also identified about 30 schools which can be connected to the main pipe for treated water supply. The estimated cost is RM9 million.

“The Cabinet has, therefore, approved RM59 million to be spent on this. But we need to get consent from the Ministry of Education before we can do the connection works,” he said when met recently.

Manyin added that he had written to the Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik, and also spoke to him recently on the matter. However, no written reply has been received yet.

“This amount will be paid by Sarawak and is already approved by the Cabinet. We are not asking for any reimbursement (from the federal government),” he said.

The electricity woes faced by schools depending on generators have been reported extensively, including in The Borneo Post.

It was reported recently that 371 schools using diesel-powered generators have been assured that there would be sufficient supply of the fuel until end of this year. This came about after many rural schools were left in darkness due to diesel shortage after the supply was not delivered accordingly.

Schools without treated water supply depend on gravity feed system, rainwater harvest and other means to get water for daily their use.

Credit to : The Borneo Post