KOTA KINABALU 16th May, 2012: The building of two schools, SK and SMK Pekan Telipok, will resume this year after two years.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun who also holds the education portfolio said the delay in the building of the schools was due to the failure of the contractor to get the project started after being given the work.
“The government is also disappointed with the delay as the matter is serious. We want schools to serve the need of our children,”
he told reporters after witnessing the signing of two MOUs betweenICCE and PHM Educare Sdn Bhd and IEC with PHM Training & Consultancy Sdn Bhd here yesterday.
According to Masidi, the government was in the process of appointing a new contractor and the process took time as numerous procedures need to be followed.
He said he was made to understand that the site for the schools has high acidic content which could affect construction materials.
He added that allegations made by the opposition that the government was not serious in addressing the matter should not arise.
On the MOU signing, he said the ICCE and PHM cooperation would augur well for Sabah as the former is linked to Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), which will see more students taking up courses especially in agriculture and tourism.
There is a need to have more institutions of higher learning in the interior of Sabah,
with more of such institutions, there would be more opportunity for students from the interior to further their studies and improve their future.
the region has much untapped human capital which needs training and exposure without the need to go elsewhere for studies.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan