PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry will purchase and provide diesel for schools in Sarawak that use generators to generate electricity after the supplier responsible, Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, failed to do so.
In a statement on Sunday (June 17), Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) said that he would ensure that affected schools would have the required fuel supplies in time for classes to resume after the Hari Raya holidays.
"I have instructed my ministry to purchase the diesel as an immediate measure and the Finance Ministry has already evaluated the purchase.
"The allocation will be given to the Sarawak Education Department immediately to enable the purchase," he said.
It was reported previously by whistleblower site Sarawak Report that Jepak Holdings had been granted a solar/diesel hybrid project involving 369 schools in the state, but no solar panels were installed.
The online portal reported that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had instructed the Education Ministry in January 2017 to appoint a company for the project involving schools in the rural heartlands of Sarawak.