Earth fill­ing work be­gins on new site for SK Tg Limbang

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MIRI: Earth fill­ing work be­gan on the new site for SK Tan­jung Limbang early this month.

Head­mas­ter Michael Tu­nai Aba said con­struc­tion on seven class­rooms, two board­ing blocks, and an ad­min­is­tra­tion block is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of this year.

“We’ve re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse from par­ents on the new school site and are pleased on the progress of work be­ing car­ried out,” he told The Bor­neo Post when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

He said the govern­ment al­lo­cated the new 25- acre site, lo­cated 25km from Limbang town, to the school be­cause the present site by the Limbang river­bank has been plagued by con­stant flood­ing and soil ero­sion.

Michael said the new school would bring much re­lief to vil­lagers, who fear for their chil­dren’s safety at the present site.

Mean­while, par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Jonidi Ya­mat pointed out the river­bank ero­sion is get­ting closer and closer to the school blocks.

“What us par­ents fear when heavy rain oc­curs at the up­per river in Limbang is that it would cause wa­ter to over­flow at cer­tain ar­eas, in­clud­ing the present SK Tan­jung.

“We are pleased that work is be­ing car­ried out at the new site and at the same time we are keep­ing our fin­gers’ crossed to en­sure that the river­bank will not erode dras­ti­cally at the present site and dam­age school build­ing blocks lo­cated near the river,” he said.

He added par­ents hoped no un­to­ward in­ci­dents would oc­cur as soil ero­sion still oc­curs, es­pe­cially when the Limbang River over­flows. Pengkalan Gu­rah vil­lage chief Domeng Ke­duit said earth fill­ing work and clear­ing the new site should mean con­struc­tion would be­gin soon.

He ex­plained that it took nearly 10 years to start the con­struc­tion pro­ject due to the govern­ment com­pen­sa­tion re­quired for the land’s orig­i­nal own­ers.

Domeng also stressed that the level of river­bank ero­sion near the school is wor­ry­ing.

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