SMK Jinjang in Kuala Lumpur received RM50,000 that will go towards upgrading its school facilities and conducting maintenance works.
The donation from the Kepong MP’s office came after a nearby residents’ association complained about a clogged drain at the school that caused flash floods in the area.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said that the clogged drain had been causing problems for nine years.
He said the water flow was blocked by the roots of a tree beside the drain, resulting in stagnant water that could become a mosquito breeding site.
“As soon as I received the complaint from the residents’ association, I brought the matter up with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL),” said Lim.
“They have promised to hire contractors to remove the tree and repair the drain via a tender.
“However, the tender is still pending and has not been called yet.
“I urge Kepong residents to file a complaint to my office as soon as problems like potholes and broken drains are discovered. I will follow up with the necessary action,” he said.
Lim also urged the government to work towards reducing red tape when schools complain about damaged facilities.
“We need to be quick to ensure schools get the necessary funds and other aid.
“There are many contractors and developers out there who are willing to take up such repair or maintenance projects, but the tedious process of dealing with various ministries and government departments scares them,” he said.
SMK Jinjang is also in dire need of funds to repair a school building damaged by a storm during the movement control order.
A total of 14 classrooms inside the building were damaged and still cannot be used even until today.
“I understand the Education Ministry has promised to allocate funds to rebuild the affected building by the end of this year.
“In the past three months, I have been asking them to send officers to visit the damaged block,” said Lim.
“I will raise this issue in Parliament if no action is taken by the end of this year.”