Pre-school facilities will be set up in longhouses in Sarawak to ensure children in the interior are not left out of the national education system.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the federal government understood the difficulties of longhouse residents in the remote areas in sending their children to pre-school.
“If there are locals interested in becoming pre-school teachers in the longhouses we are willing to provide training to enable them to teach,” he said at a meeting with the people at the Sebauh community hall, 50km from here.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the federal government would discuss with the state government the suitability of setting up the pre-school classes in separate buildings or in the longhouses.
Muhyiddin, who is on a two-day visit to Sarawak which ended Friday, also expressed his desire to visit the longhouses in the state to see for himself the way of life of the residents and listen to their problems.
He left it to the state government to select the longhouses for him to visit on his future working trips to Sarawak.
He said the first time he visited a longhouse was during the Batang Ai state by-election last year and that visit changed his impression of longhouses in the state, strengthening his resolve to visit the longhouses in other areas.
“I pictured longhouses built of wood but I found there are modern ones using cement,” he said.
He gave an assurance that Sarawak would receive a lot of allocations to build primary and secondary schools under the 10th Malaysia Plan and urged the people to support the government’s efforts, including the 1Malaysia concept.
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who also spoke, urged the people in the state not to be influenced by the opposition who were only good at criticising the efforts of the state and federal governments. — Bernama