No money to upgrade schools, hospitals


Ting (fifth from right) with Lau (in red shirt) at the Maybank stall at the open house.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) president Clarence Ting is disappointed that the national Budget 2020 did not address the need to upgrade secondary schools and hospitals in Sarawak.

Ting said he had, prior to the tabling of the budget by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, voiced his hope for some allocation for much needed upgrade to the two institutions.

“I was hoping Budget 2020 will address this issues as these two things are closest to my heart. There is not much in the budget which I have wished for,” he said to reporters after the official opening of the annual open house of Sarawak Society for the Blind, Sibu Chapter.

The event was launched by a community leader, Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming.

Ting, who is also the chairman of the Society Sibu Chapter, said more secondary schools needed to be built in the state to enable single schooling sessions to be implemented instead of two sessions currently due to the large student population.

He said with single schooling sessions, students could have more time for sporting activities.

“During my time with only a single session, we studied in the morning and played football, tennis or other games in the afternoon. The annual inter-school competition is important as students know the meaning of winning and losing.

“If states in Peninsular Malaysia can have single schooling sessions, why can’t we?” he asked.

On hospitals, he said existing ones needed to be upgraded or else new ones built.

“I was hoping the budget will have funds for the upgrading and building of hospitals in major towns. But there was none,” he said, disappointed.

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