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Let JKR handle school repair, upgrading, says Azmin
Posted on : 08 Nov 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post online

Let JKR handle school repair, upgrading, says Azmin

November 8, 2018, Thursday Jonathan Chia,

Abang Johari (fourth left) welcomes Azmin during the coutesy call. Also seen are (from left)Awang Tengah, Masing, Uggah, Baru, Ali (right) and other senior officers from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has proposed that all dilapidated school repair and upgrading projects, including those in Sarawak, be handed over to the Public Works Department  (JKR).

According to him, the Public Works Department has the expertise to ensure the upgrading and repair works can be completed according to schedule and specified cost.

“In 2018, there were plans to repair and upgrade 116 dilapidated schools (in Sarawak). The dilapidated school repair and upgrading projects that were handed over to JKR has been completed but unfortunately the ones given to ministry (of Education) were delayed.

“The same thing also happened in Sabah so I propose that the dilapidated school repair and upgrading projects should be handed over to the JKR,” Azmin said during a press conference after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at his office in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building here yesterday.

Azmin disclosed that dilapidated schools was one of the issues raised by Abang Johari during the courtesy call.

Azmin said both he and Abang Johari also discussed on a few specific matters on Sarawak development, particularly on infrastructure, utility and school development.

“I welcome the cooperation that is established and the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) and Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will examine these applications. A few matters raised just now were important that must be handled immediately.

“I also welcome Sarawak government’s offer to assist in the development of schools in Sarawak by establishing a joint-committee between the state government and federal government to monitor the school development projects so that these projects will not be delayed and meet the specified standards.”

Azmin said he also informed Abang Johari that the federal government had agreed to continue with the Pan Borneo Highway project because they felt that this project would benefit the people of Sarawak and Sabah, besides propelling the economic development and employment opportunities in both states.

Elaborating further on his courtesy call, Azmin said he had brought with him senior officers from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, particularly the secretary-general of EPU and director-general of ICU because he wanted to discuss with the Chief Minister ways to further strengthen the cooperation between the federal government and state government.

“I’m happy because the Chief Minister has given assurance that this is also the stand of Sarawak government to further strengthen the cooperation and federalism spirit between the state and federal.

“I’m confident that this cooperation will help both federal government and Sarawak government to develop Sarawak and Malaysia as a country.”

Among those present during the courtesy call were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, Works Minister Baru Bian, Krian MP Ali Biju and other senior officers from departments and agencies under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.