Bigger premises: Pupils of SRK (T) Batu Empat in Kampung Jawa, Klang will move into the new building (in the background) in the next few weeks.
AN INITIATIVE by a contractor, who was merely supposed to repair leaky roofs at a school in Klang, has led to the construction of a new school building.
Thanks to ECL Management Sdn Bhd’s proactive action, 1,000 pupils from SJK (T) Batu Empat in Kampung Jawa, Klang will be able to learn in a conducive environment.
The pupils and teachers are set to move into the new two-storey building, which is currently getting its finishing touches, in several weeks.
ECL managing director V.K. Regu said the company was initially awarded a contract worth RM500,000 to repair the leaking roofs at the school building.
However, Regu said their cost assessment revealed that a new building could be built with an additional RM300,000.
Since the building was too old and there was a dire need for a new school building, he said, ECL took the initiative of appealing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for a bigger budget so that a new building could be built.
“I thank the Prime Minister for approving an additional RM300,000 for the school and allowing ECL to construct the new building.
“We have undertaken the project on a cost-to-cost basis as our intention was to offer a service to the community, especially for the benefit of the pupils and teachers,’’ he said.
Regu said the original school building was more than 50 years old and was in a deplorable state.
As a result, he said, the pupils had difficulty attending classes at the school.
“The school was prone to flash floods which distrupts classes,’’ he said.
Initially, Regu said the company faced a lot of challenges in laying the foundation for the building because of the soft soil condition.
However, he said ECL managed to rectify the situation and the construction went on smoothly since then.
“The school is being built under the Intelligent Building System (IBS) with the aid of pre-fabricated materials.
“The pre-fabricated materials, which is coated with concrete plastering, is very strong,” he said, adding that he was happy that the school would be ready soon.