THE delay in the construction of the new SMK Kota Kemuning (2) (SMKKK2) school building has been brought to the attention of new Deputy Education Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon to expedite it.
Kota Raja Wanita MCA chief Chew Soo Mee and Kota Kemuning Residents Association’s SMKKK (2) building sub-committee members recently briefed Chong on the severity of the problem.
Chew said the delay was perplexing especially since the school building project was approved in 2013.
She believes the delay could have stemmed from a negotiation between the Education Ministry and a private college that was supposed to build the school.
Chew said the students and their parents in Kota Kemuning suffered as a result of the delay.
“There is a lack of space in the existing SMK Kota Kemuning school.
There are seven feeder primary schools, so the school has to add classes to accommodate the growing number of students,” she added.
Parents, she added, could not afford to send their children to private schools due to the current economic situation and would rely on public schools.
“We hope Chong can resolve this technical issue between the private college and the ministry quickly to get the school project on track,” added Chew.
Present with her to reveal details about the school was SMKKK (2) building sub-committee member Kuan Chee Keong.
Chong assured the parties concerned that he would request to speed up the issue.
“The committee has given me sufficient documents to support their claims and I will now need to check on the details,” he added.
Chong added that he would check on the budget and said the issue was brought to him at the right time since ministers were in the midst of submitting their budget speech.
He planned to include the school building proposal in the 11th Malaysia Plan or any economic plan under the Prime Minister’s Office.