Closer look: Lee inspecting the damaged part of the school block that needs urgent repairs. With him are Bishop Ng and other school officials.
MIRI: Assistant Communications Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin has approved a RM50,000 grant for a mission school here.
The money will enable the school to carry out urgent repairs on a block in which the pillars are cracking and the ceiling leaking.
Lee visited St Joseph’s Secondary School Miri yesterday and held a meeting with school board chairman Bishop Richard Ng and the school management to look into their infrastructure needs.
After the meeting, school principal Ng Meng Keong, other board members and Lee inspected the damaged block.
He then called up the Public Works Department and instructed the divisional engineer to come to the school within the next 24 hours to assess the damage and to arrange for immediate repairs.
Lee said in such urgent matters that affected the safety of the students, there was no room for delay.
The RM50,000 is separate from the annual grant that the school receives from the Education Ministry.
“The amount of money given by the ministry every year is basically enough to meet the needs of the school’s administration and management, but for major infrastructure repairs, the school has to write in and ask for additional allocations, and this takes time.
“The RM50,000 I allocated today is for the immediate repairs,” he said.
Lee was also informed by the school board that there were plans to upgrade the school, and that about RM3.5mil might be needed for the long-term projects.