A Year One girl at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sayed Othman in Miri sustained scratches on her left leg when the floorboard in her class gave way this morning.
SK Sayed Othman Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) chairmperson Rushdi Abdul Gani said the girl had stepped on a rotten floorboard which gave way, trapping her temporarily and resulting in scratches up to her knees.
"Luckily she was not seriously injured," he told Bernama when commenting on the incident which went viral on Facebook and social media today.
He hoped the Education Ministry could speed up a RM100,000 allocation to repair the 54-year-old wooden school block which was promised in 2012.
"We fear a repeat of the incident as the condition of the building is deteriorating due to termite infestation. The block houses Year One, Two and Three pupils," he said.
He said the wall, floor and ceiling were dilapidated due to termites and the initiative of the PIBG last year to repair the building at a cost of RM1,000 was inadequate as 90 percent of the building needed repair.
Located in the centre of the city of Miri, SK Sayed Othman was opened in 1962 on a 1.21ha site and had 290 pupils, 29 teachers and six non-teaching personnel.
Following the incident, Sarawak Welfare, Women and Community Well-being Minister, Fatimah Abdullah, who is responsible for education in the state, had asked the state education director to conduct a follow-up to prevent a repeat of the incident.
"We are as frustrated as the teachers and parents when this issue continues to haunt us," she said.
The then-deputy education minister Puad Zarkashi (photo above), who is now Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) director-general, had announced a RM100,000 allocation to repair the building after visiting the school in July 2012, but it had yet to materialise until today.