KOTA KINABALU (Bernama): Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali wants a cabinet paper on the upgrading of dilapidated schools in Sabah to help decide on the channelling of allocations to the Sabah state government to upgrade the schools.
The Economic Affairs minister said he has instructed the Economic Planning Unit and the Implementation Coordination Unit to prepare the cabinet paper.
"Based on the approved development allocation for 2018, RM4.1bil was earmarked for Sabah and we want to ensure that it is fully spent for the sake of development in the state.
"Priority has been given to the education sector so that the dilapidated schools that exist in Sabah are promptly developed.
"Unfortunately, the process conducted by the old (Barisan Nasional) regime was a non-transparent one which had delayed efforts to upgrade the schools," he told reporters after a meeting with the Sabah PKR Leadership Council here on Saturday (Sept 15).
According to Azmin, the upgrading of the schools by the State Public Works Department (PWD), had gone well, with 37 schools completed.
But the upgrading of 83 schools which were given to private contractors (not under PWD's supervision) had made only 12% progress.
Azmin described the failure to complete the upgrading of the 83 schools as a betrayal of the children in Sabah who did not have appropriate access to education. - Bernama