Dilapidated S’wak schools - shame on you, GPS and Harapan

Francis Paul Siah

Modified 29 Aug 2019, 4:12 am

COMMENT | I think I want to be a voluntary schoolteacher in Sarawak soon. But wait, I should actually start teaching now because I have a very urgent and important message for students in my class.

To better illustrate the subject I’m teaching, I will hold up two photographs before my students, telling them: “This is your chief minister in Kuching and this is the finance minister in Kuala Lumpur.

“These two very important men have been quarrelling nonstop over money, and how and when to repair our dilapidated schools in Sarawak.

“No, they are not discussing or negotiating anymore. They are quarrelling like you, schoolkids, and throwing punches at each other. It’s getting very silly, petty and childish.

“So dear students, it’s okay for you all to quarrel too, be enemies and not talk to each other. If you feel like throwing punches, go ahead. Ministers, who are supposed to be leaders, are doing that. Follow their ‘great’ example.”

I would also encourage my students to take up politics as a career “because in Malaysia, politicians are paid a good salary for doing nothing except to quarrel and badmouth each other”.

And I must also not forget to tell them too that “you don’t have to be very smart to be a politician; just excel in politicking”.

This is how frustrated I have been over the past months with the ding-dong between Sarawak leaders and Putrajaya over the dilapidated schools issue.

My frustration turned into anger over the last two days with more allegations and accusations being hurled across the South China Sea by our so-called leaders on both...

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