BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Federal Government has allocated approximately RM1.9mil for the reconstruction of a building at SK Tok Kandu here, which was destroyed in a fire on Sept 22.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the Public Works Department has prepared an initial report on the damaged structure to expedite the approval of an initial fund for clean-up work at the affected site.
He said this includes the installation of barriers or walls for the safety of the pupils.
"Once this is done within a week or two, we will proceed with a limited tendering process.
"The (exact) fund needed has not been calculated yet, but it's around RM1.9mil.
"If possible, if the report is ready by next week, we will proceed immediately," he told reporters after a site visit to the school.
Anwar added that the reconstruction work on the damaged structure would not disrupt the students' learning process.
Also present were Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Dr Mohamad Abdul Hamid, state agrotechnology, food security and cooperative development committee chairman Fahmi Zainol and Seberang Jaya assemblyman Izhar Shah Arif Shah.
Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek reportedly said that it needed two weeks to assess the damage caused by the fire, which involved five classrooms on the third floor of a building.
In the fire that occurred around 6pm, three classrooms, including a computer room, were completely destroyed while another two were nearly 40% burnt.
No teachers or students were there then.