Minos Welcomes Pledge By Abang Johari To Help Mission Schools

KUCHING: Bung Bratak Heritage Association president Dato Peter Minos welcomes the pledge made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to give his full commitment in assisting mission schools in Sarawak.

He said this gesture showed the state government led by Abang Johari was appreciative of the contributions made by mission schools which have ‘produced’ many significant figures in the state’s political arena and in the public and private sectors.

The veteran politician said like many others, he himself started off in the mid-1950s from a primary mission school, St Teresa’s School, in his village Kampung Stenggang.

I remember it all vividly � the school with attap roof, bamboo split walls, no cement but hard soil, shared desks and chairs, and one or two shared English text books.

Despite these, St Teresa Kampung Stenggang had really helped in the beginning and, out of that, ultimately producing over a hundred of university graduates and professionals, and I am one in that list. The mission gave us struggling rural Bidayuhs and all Dayaks in the 1950s and 1960s a chance and hope in life through modern education. Thank God for that, he said.

With many mission schools especially in rural areas now in poor condition, he said it was good to hear that the state government under Abang Johari’s leadership would financially help all mission schools in Sarawak.

May that policy continue so long as there are mission schools around. That fine policy shows that we cannot and must not forget the good things that the early missions did and that their past efforts and contributions to Sarawak and its people must be appreciated and be perpetuated, he said.

Abang Johari, when speaking at the opening of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Zone 5 Triennial General Meeting in Betong on Saturday, pledged to give his full commitment in assisting mission schools in Sarawak.

I got no problem on mission schools, you just tell me how much. We will try to help our mission schools, he was quoted as saying.

Abang Johari was alluding to the request by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who spoke earlier, for the government to help repair mission schools throughout Sarawak.

Uggah revealed that

the RM1 billion approved by the federal government did not cover mission schools; therefore putting many mission schools especially those in rural areas in dilemma.

Many rural mission schools are in very sorry state but they are not eligible to get help from the RM1-billion fund, Uggah had said.

Source: The Borneo Post