How long does it take to rebuild a school dorm that collapsed?


A school dorm collapsed in Belaga, Sarawak in January 2012, injuring 18 pupils, with five seriously hurt. Work was supposed to have been completed in March 2013 but…

… their desire to speed up the project through the use of pre-fab material has only ended up delaying the project, as they apparently are unable to secure enough material.

This is a state that aims to build a string of mega dams but it can’t complete the construction of a simple school dorm after so long? What kind of priority is this?

And if a school dorm can collapse and injure pupils, should we have confidence in these dams?

See this Borneo Post report.

Blog reader Anak Kuching sends us this link to another Borneo Post report involving another school:

According to Dawos, the construction of the two new blocks of SK Bengoh was a classic example of incompetence on the part of the contractor handling the project.

He said the work quality was ‘irritatingly bad’ compared with the tender price of more than RM900,000.

“To do only two blocks, including a dormitory, bathroom and toilet, to me this is too expensive. Moreover the work quality is not there.

“Apart from only doing two small buildings the contractor also caused much degradation to the environment,” he said.

He was referring to the many mosquito breeding grounds at the school compound, where aedes mosquitoes could breed, left behind by the contractor.

He thus called on the relevant authorities to audit the project to check whether the funds were justifiably spent.

“In fact before the handing over of the project (expected next week) the Public Works Department as the developer of the project needs to audit the work of the contractor to check whether the funds spent is justifiable or not,” he said.

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Gerakan K
Gerakan K
22 May 2013 11.12pm

The majority of Sarawakians voted Mr Taib because he is the Sarawakians best bet for continuous development and prosperity.

Mr Taib 100% record in GE13 election is simply outstanding !!!

I Love CM Taib!
I Love CM Taib!
22 May 2013 4.19pm

We Sarawakians love our BN government. We voted for BN’s Ugak Kumbong to be our new MP in Hulu Rejang. So, this means we agree that the progress of the SK Punan Ba school dormitory re-building project is OK. Slow and steady but OK. After all, those schoolchildren are only Penans and Punans. And they are tough. They all used to sleep in the jungle before anyway. So, what they have now is better than nothing. So they should be thankful to the BN government. Some more, most of them (and their parents) do not have ICs and we are… Read more »

22 May 2013 3.30pm

Simple logic – school dorm small money IN big money OUT! Unworthy returns even if its the Fed Government’s responsibility! Dams, money raining from the sky, this is Taib country, all salaries tripled for the resounding `Fixed Deposit’ cashed out!
We see `rewards and awards in progress, for the 57 seats the two Eastern states have contributed!
Its never about the people, `Janji diTepati’ and `Aku Janji’ it is business as usual when the Feds already installed firmly in Putrajaya!
But voters in those states NEVER learn…

ABC keladi hutan
ABC keladi hutan
22 May 2013 3.00pm

… Decent water for Swak rural schools still major problem. Now you hv Idris Jusuh of Terengganu …in Ministry.

22 May 2013 2.54pm

Going by BN’s ‘Ali-Baba Value Chain of multiple layers of middle-men’, (has) the allocated fund (allegedly) trickled to just 30% for the actual work, thus the delay?

Anak Kuching
Anak Kuching
22 May 2013 2.53pm Be selective in awarding contractors govt projects — Dawos KUCHING: The relevant government agencies are urged to be more selective when awarding development projects to contractors in future to ensure that the works are of high quality. Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos in giving this reminder said only contractors with good track record and experience should be considered for government projects to ensure quality results. He said this should also apply to projects implemented in rural areas and not only those in big towns and urban centres. Dawos, who is also Mambong MP, said contractors known to… Read more »

Anak Kuching
Anak Kuching
22 May 2013 1.40pm

SK Benggoh was also in the news (Borneo Post) some weeks back.

22 May 2013 1.33pm

Priority 1st Put money in their pocket. Increase their salary 3 folds backdated 15 months.