Mah: Ministry looking into Tamil school plight

Inspection: Dr Mah inspecting the damage. (Inset) The fallen roof.

THE Education Ministry will work closely with relevant stakeholders to repair a four decade old school after its roof fell off —again.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the ministry is waiting for reports from the district education office (PPD) and the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) before deciding on the next course of action to fix SJK(T) Telok Panglima Garang.

“This school is 44 years old and upon visiting it, we noticed that the roof had fallen off.

“We are still waiting for the reports to know what the issues are and what steps can be taken to repair the building soon.

“We will work closely with Kuala Langat MP Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar (on improving the building’s condition),” he said after visiting the school in Banting with Dr Jayakumar last Thursday.

The school has a total of 478 pupils. No one was hurt when the roof fell off on Oct 12.

SJK(T) Telok Panglima Garang parent teacher association deputy chairman Kamalanathan Chellappan said this is not the first time the roof has fallen off.

“We have had this problem for many years, and each time, it just gets repaired.

“This time around when PPD and JKR Kuala Langat told us the same, we took a firm stand to say enough of repairing, give us a new roof.

“We suggested demolishing the building with the fallen roof, and replacing it with a new structure; we have enough land,” he said, urging the government to use its allocation wisely for the children’s development.

“We hope Mah’s visit will accelerate the process of improving our school,” he said. —By SANDHYA MENON

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