52 years on and Tamil school still waiting

SJK(T) Rumbia in Kampung Rembia, Alor Gajah, Melaka which is still awaiting the Certificate of Completion and Compliance.

SJK(T) Rumbia in Kampung Rembia, Alor Gajah, Melaka which is still awaiting the Certificate of Completion and Compliance.

MELAKA: They waited 52 years for a building of their own and just when they thought they could start classes, the teachers and pupils of the newly-constructed SJK(T) Rumbia here are still left waiting.

The Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) for the new school has not been issued. A dispute over the access road to the school has forced a delay, said state higher education, science and technology, green technology committee chairman Datuk Wira Md Yunos Husin.

The CCC was scheduled to have been be issued before the 2018 schooling session started.

Md Yunos said several meetings were held in December to resolve the issue, including having a discussion with the landowner on whose property the access road runs.

“We are confident the matter will be resolved very soon and I was told the pupils can move to the new school by Jan 15,” he said.

The Tamil school, currently with some 100 pupils, has been occupying borrowed space at SK Rumbia for 52 years.

Md Yunos said the issue surrounding the access road had also led to other government agencies not issuing approvals for the CCC.

Rembia state assemblyman Datuk Wira Norpipah Abdul said there are still two other matters besides the road that needed to be resolved before the CCC could be obtained.

“The road issue can be settled with cooperation from the landowner. It is expected to be settled over the next few days.

“The other matter that needs to be looked into is the state Fire and Rescue Department’s notice to have the piping system for extinguishers replaced with steel pipes,” she said.

Norpipah said the retaining walls of the school also need to be rectified following a directive from the local government, before they could reapply for the CCC.

“We are making all efforts to complete the work and documentation so the pupils can be shifted to the school as soon as possible,” she said.

On why the CCC could not be obtained before the new school session began, Norpipah said certain documents were submitted late to the relevant authorities.

The construction of the RM6.3mil school started in 2016 and was scheduled to be completed before the 2018 school session.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan had announced recently that the school would be opened for classes on Jan 15.