KOTA KINABALU: A government backbencher has revealed that a sum of RM16 million was allocated by the Education Ministry for electrical re-wiring at schools in Sabah this year, but not a single sen was utilised.
Kiulu Assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai told the state assembly that it was puzzling why the allocation was not utilised when many fire-prone school buildings in Sabah badly required urgent electrical re-wiring.
Debating on the State 2016 Budget today he wanted the ministry to immediately carry out checks on the electrical wiring at all school buildings in Sabah, especially those built more than 30 years ago.
He suggested that the allocation be channelled to the State Education Department’s office and managed by its director, who is a local, who would better understand the needs of schools in Sabah.
Justifying his call, Joniston said the fire which destroyed the SK Pekan Kiulu school blocks in March last year was attributed to faulty electrical wiring which resulted in a short circuit.-BERNAMA