Put aside political differences for the sake of schools, education, Abang Johari tells lawmakers

Posted on : 09 May 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari Tun Openg

CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg called on all lawmakers in Sarawak to come together and resolve the issue of education in the state.

He said opposition members in the august House must put aside their political differences for the sake of Sarawak’s future and youths.

“If we face obstacles under the law, we must find a solution to it and if necessary, we will have to change the provisions under the law,” he said in his winding-up speech.

He said the Sarawak government wanted children in Sarawak, especially in the rural areas, to have access to good education and to study in conducive learning environments with good schools, equipped with all the necessary facilities, including high-speed broadband.

The Sarawak government, he said, wanted to prepare them and nurture them into a highly knowledgeable and competent workforce as the state was in dire need of producing quality human capital to support the its digital development initiatives or employment in other highly skills related industries.

However, he said the state government would not be able to achieve this objective when looking at the current poor condition of schools, especially in the rural areas, of which some are without electricity and treated water supply.

“With these constraints and challenges, we cannot expect our students to achieve good results, particularly in rural areas.

“We are very serious in resolving the pressing problem of dilapidated schools in the state. I just want Sarawakians to be educated. Money is not an issue,” he said.