school maintenance projects & the implementation efficiency
Media Statement by
Tan Seng Giaw
call on the Education Ministry to announce the list of school maintenance
projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).
We need to know the actual amount, the system of tender and monitoring.
How much is unwanted waste? Is the allocation used precisely for the
I asked a supplementary question on 14.11.2007 as Deputy Education
Minister Dato' Haji Noh Bin Haji Omar was answering the question on Racial
Integration Programme for schools including allocation for the purpose
under the 9MP.
Under the programme, the allocation of nearly RM5 billion has been given
to schools of all streams; national schools receive RM4.3 billion.
The 2008 allocation to Education Ministry is RM29.5 billion. This is
reasonable. But, the monitoring of its use has to be upgraded.
The Deputy Education Minister says that there are open tenders for
projects. Despite his efforts to justify the implementation of these
projects, we are not convinced that there are sufficient transparency and
The ministry must review all these projects. For instance, do all
headmasters know that there are allocations for maintenance of their
schools? How is a contractor appointed? Does a contractor or even a
subcontractor determine where and what to repair and upgrade? Who monitor
as to how he or she carries out the works? How do headmasters certify the
completion of a project?
*Tan Seng Giaw, DAP Deputy Chairman & MP for Kepong