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Urge the Sarawak government especially the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Sarawak to not be dishonest to the people of Sarawak and politized the issue of education

I want to urge the Sarawak government especially the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Sarawak to not be dishonest to the people of Sarawak and politized the issue of education in order to paint a negative picture and build a false perception that the Federal Government does not prioritise education in Sarawak.

In response to the recent statement made by Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Sarawak Dato Sri Michael Manyin on his claims that Sarawak is unable to connect to 113 primary schools to the main electric grid because its federal counterparts has yet to give consent. He went on further to elaborate that he has written to the Education Ministry in June on the matter and claims that until that day (21 November 2018) that the ministry had not responded to him.

Since education is something that is important and I believe that such issues especially education goes beyond partisan politics, I followed up with the education ministry on the matter to make sure that the schools get the required infrastructures and amenities for the benefit of students and teachers in all those schools.

However, I was made aware of the correspondence between the Federal Ministry of Education and the State’s ministry of education on the subject matter since the end of October. The Federal Ministry responded on the 24th October 2018 to request on details of the proposal by the State government which the Minister Michael Manyin replied on the 31st October 2018. I was informed that the Ministry of education is reviewing the matter holistically including doing the necessary ground studies including the proposal by the State Government and is responding on the matter soon.

While I believe such matter should be expediated due to the urgency of the matter, however the evidence of such letters and correspondence proves that Minister Michael Manyin is outrightly lying by saying that Federal Ministry of Education has no replied to him since June. This is an irresponsible act to try to paint a negative picture of the Federal Government in an attempt to push the blame of the dire and dilapidated state of our schools in Sarawak due to long neglect by the previous Barisan Nasional government which he and the State GPS government was part of all these years.

This clearly shows how the State Government is willing to resort to lies and dishonesty in order to push the blame away from their own short-comings at the expense of the interest of the people. This has been a common trend by the State GPS government to blame the Federal but not own up and take responsibility of their own role in the problems that we are facing.

The lack of basic amenities and dilapidated state of our schools did not appear in the last 6 months when the Pakatan Harapan government took over and maybe the question had to be directed back at the State Government on how they allowed the conditions of our schools to get so deteriorate as such and not have the required basic amenities to provide a conducive learning environment for our children.

Moving forward, I believe it is important that such problem is address urgently and I will be following up with the Federal Ministry of Education for the benefit of our students in Sarawak. The students should not be made victim of any political games.

Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen
MP FOR BANDAR KUCHING
Media statement by Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen in Parliament on Monday, 26th November 2018