KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has contributed another RM300,000 to help St Paul Primary School, Beaufort replace its dilapidated classroom building.
Officiating at the St Paul’s Second Alumni Reunion Nite here on Saturday, he announced the State Government will provide the additional funds to help the school get back on track with the project.
“I was informed that the School Board has RM1 million in its building fund for this project. Apart from the government’s contribution, I call on all former students to assist in raising the rest of the money needed so that a new school block, which is much needed, will become a reality,” he said.
Musa, who is a former St Paulian, had previously given RM200,000 for the project, which, according to the alumni chairman Datuk Chin Chee Kee, needed about RM3.5 million for it to be implemented.
During a visit to the school recently, Musa had also announced an allocation of RM30,000 for constructing a covered walkway and concrete drains and a separate RM20,000 for a similar project at the nearby SM St Paul.
The Chief Minister, when receiving a courtesy visit from the alumni committee members in January, had also granted a request for RM300,000 to construct a basketball court at the secondary school.
Musa, in his speech, said it was his wish to see the former students association helping less fortunate former school mates, apart from contributing to the growth of the school and its current students.
He noted that some of the fellow former St Paulians were bedridden and have school-going children to support, and the association should strive to do whatever it can to assist them.
“We left St Paul’s school at various stages, some very senior students finished schooling 40 to 50 years ago while some just left four to five years ago.
“It does not matter when we left school and who is more senior. What matters is our willingness to be friends, and despite our different backgrounds, to learn from one another and support each other.
“In line with the aim of our association to promote goodwill and spirit of cooperation in order to collectively serve the country, we must enhance our ties, based on understanding, sincerity and respect. This is the highest order of friendship, and will also spur us further to safeguard peace and harmony that we enjoy today,” he said.
At the event, Musa also said the the State Government understood that flood was among the major issues faced by the residents and businesses in Beaufort, and efforts were being taken to overcome the problem.
He said related agencies were currently in the discussion and study processes for implementing suitable flood mitigation along the Padas river.
“This is in the process now and I believe, if everything goes well, there will be no more floods in Beaufort in the near future,” he said.
About 400 St Paulians attended the reunion.