Sarawak to make final loan repayment to federal government

Abang Johari officiating the ground-breaking ceremony of the pre-school building of SK Abang Amin (New Sarawak Tribune Pic)

By Jack Lapidus

A PROMISE made is a promise kept and the Sarawak government holds by this mantra when it promised to pay the remainder of the RM1 billion contra loan repayment agreement to the federal government.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said although Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is now part of the federal administration, the state will pay the third and final tranche of RM300 million for the repair and upgrading of dilapidated schools in Sarawak, Borneo Post reported.

“Yes, we will continue with the payment and we have paid RM700 million. We will pay fully according to agreement,” he said.

The last tranche is due in June and is expected to benefit at least 107 schools that would either be partially or fully rebuilt.

Abang Johari, who performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the redevelopment of SK Abang Amin in Meradong, Sarikei yesterday said the fund for the redevelopment of this primary school is part of the first tranche of the contra loan repayment amounting to RM350 million.

He said the amount, which was made in August last year, is to benefit at least 37 schools identified in need of repair, with SK Abang Amin and SK Abun Matu in Belaga the first two to be upgraded.

Works for these two schools are being carried out by the Public Works Department and are expected to be completed by August next year.