RM10 million: Cost of December floods to schools

mahdzirPADANG TERAP: The damage to school properties in the first wave of floods in Kelantan, Terengganu and Sabah last December is estimated at RM10 million.

Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said he had not received a full report on the damage caused by the second wave of floods which  affected the schools in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Perak and Sabah earlier this month.

“For the second wave of floods, we expect the total  damages to be higher than the first wave and we will take immediate action to repair the affected schools.

“However, we still couldn’t repair the damages caused by the first wave of floods yet, even though we have already sent out allocation warrants to the respective states,” he told reporters after officiating the Felda Lubuk Merbau’s golden jubilee celebration here today.

The recent floods has resulted in the closure of dozens of schools with more than 15,000 students in Kelantan and Terengganu adversely affected.

In the meantime, Mahdzir, who is also Padang Terap MP, suggested that a piece of land allocated for teachers’ quarters for SK Lubuk Merbau to be handed over to the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) for the purpose of housing construction for the second generation of Felda Lubuk Merbau residents.

“The quarters were built for the placement of teachers in the 1970s, but with today’s increasingly modern infrastructure, many teachers opt to live outside and it is only occupied by one or two tenants,” he said.