PAS Sabah Media Statement (SMAN Toh Puan Hajjah Rahmah)

I have received a reliable information from a school parent of Sekolah Menengah Agama Negeri Toh Puan Hajjah Rahmah at Kinarut that the school and its hostel are facing serious water problem.

The school hostel frequently has no water. This problem would sometimes continue for about 2 weeks. According to the concerned parent, some male students would try to find solution by finding other water resources such as going out from the school premises. However, for the female students living in the hostel, they have no choice but not to bath. For those students who have families living nearby, they would ask their families to take them home for a shower.

But the worst scenario there is when there is no water is the toilet. The toilets in the hostel and the school would also become very dirty. We all could imagine the condition of such a toilet. No one can bear its disgusting view and outrageous smell.

The concerned parent who went there last week complained that he could not ‘berwudhu’ at the school ‘surau’ because there was no water there.

I suggest that the government and the appropriate minister to immediately look into this water problem. The water problem in SMAN Toh Puan Hajjah Rahmah should have not happened because the school, which began operation on 9 January 2012, has new buildings. Even if the water problem had arisen since the school opening, it should have been addressed and solved by the school authority or the relevant government department.

If the water problem continues to occur, the students will not be able to concentrate in their studies. Those living in the hostel will not be happy staying there and this will negatively affect their studies. It is for the best for the students that the government address and solve this problem on urgent basis. If steps have been taken for that purpose, please take note that they are not working as at last week.

HAMID ISMAIL

SABAH PAS Commissioner III

019-821 1976

7th October 2014

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