March 26 in BUKIT MERTAJAM — The new Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Sungai Bakap building in nearby Nibong Tebal has not yet been halted by the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Fadhlina Sidek, the ministry’s minister, stated that the project is still under discussion and that no decision has been made regarding whether to continue or stop building the new school.
I want to express my gratitude to everyone for their interest in this initiative. There have been continuous discussions. I saw the headmaster and representatives from the school just two weeks ago, and today is our next meeting.
So, there is no problem with a decision being reached in the end. Don’t worry; we will always allow for discussion in the sake of the children’s education, she assured reporters during the opening of the Smart Classroom initiative by Yayasan Aeon Malaysia and Yayasan Didik Negara at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Mengkuang today.
When questioned about the construction of the SJKT Sungai Bakap extra building, which is rumoured to have been abandoned owing to a lack of funding, she responded in this way.
The growth of children and issues relating to education in the region, according to Fadhlina, a Nibong Tebal MP, must be taken into account during negotiations.
In response to the State Education Department’s letter objecting to the construction of the second building, she stated that the letter was only intended to express an opinion and that this is a typical process, but that conversations and other options are being developed to find a solution to the issue.
Do not be concerned about the letter; we are still working to find solutions to the problems that the community and the school’s headmaster are concerned about.
Earlier, the State Education Department’s decision to halt the construction of a new building for SJK(T) Sungai Bakap was the subject of media reports about II P. Ramasamy, Penang’s deputy chief minister.
Ramasamy reportedly claimed that once the federal government has allocated funds to a project, it cannot be abandoned.
According to information obtained, the federal government gave the school RM3.5 million and a 1.6-acre plot in 2015 to develop a new building.
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