Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Private Sector Play Role In Helping Develop School Infra

KOTA MARUDU (May 10): The private sector plays a big role in progressing and developing communities including helping to provide for the educational needs of rural children, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Dr Maximus, with Tandek assemblyman Anita Baranting next to him, performing the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of SK Tanjung Batu rural hostel sponsored by AlBukhary Foundation

The Kota Marudu MP said that cooperation from the private sector and organisations was much needed and appreciated as the local administration also looked at ways to fulfil the needs of the people instead of merely depending on government allocations.

Lauding the noble effort of Albukhary Foundation, he said the foundation’s donation of RM250,000 as part of its community programme to build a hostel for SK Tanjung Batu would greatly benefit the school children. They would be able to live within the school compound instead of travelling far to come to school for education.

The foundation also donated RM50,000 to equip the hostel. The ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the hostel was officiated by Dr Maximus on Friday (May 9).

“We thank the Albukhary Foundation for not only contributing RM300,000 for SK Tanjung Batu’s hostel but also in its generosity to support the construction of another three school hostels in the Kota Marudu constituency.

“We have been blessed because we have managed to form partnerships with several organisations and the private sector to provide for the needs of our community in Kota Marudu. In fact, a number of hostels have been built for the needy schools in this manner, besides the provision of scholarships and the chance to pursue higher education at renowned institutions,” he said.

Dr Maximus added that it was now up to the people to grab the opportunities given to them and equip themselves with education and knowledge for their and their family’s betterment, as well as the progress of the community.

Dr Maximus also gave allocation for the school’s Parent-Teacher Association to install fencing at the hostel compound.

Later, he officiated the latest long house that has been rebuilt for the Rungus community in the sub-district of Matunggong. The rebuilding of the 20-unit longhouse in Kg Buranak Silad is part of his goal to replace all existing longhouses in the constituency so that the people would have a better standard of living.

Funding for the rebuilding of the longhouses was obtained by the MP from the federal government.

“Although Matunggong is an opposition-held area, the Barisan Nasional continues to help the community lest they be marginalised as the opposition can’t deliver their promises made to entice the people in the last election.

“In the end, there is nothing they can do for the people’s welfare,” he added.

Dr Maximus also said that if the people supported and cooperated with the Government, the Government would support them in return and ensure the community was not left behind in sharing the fruits of the national transformation programme ends.

Dr Maximus also launched the new Kg Buranak Silad longhouse