SUNGAI BESAR, May 29 – Forty-three schools will be used as polling stations for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-elections to be held simultaneously on June 18. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said 24 schools will be used for the Sungai Besar by-election while Kuala Kangsar, 19 schools.
“In Sungai Besar, 18 of the schools are under the supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE), while six schools, under the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS). For the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary constituency, all the 19 schools are supervised by MOE,” he told reporters after attending a briefing on the development of education for the district of Sabak Bernam at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Sekinchan near here, Saturday.
He said the District Education Office (PPD) for the two areas had also been directed to make the necessary preparations. Meanwhile, Mahdzir said several physical and infrastructure improvements for 24 schools in Sabak Bernam would be implemented soon.
He said the Sabak Bernam PPD has submitted plans for improvement and development projects to the state Education Department for approval. He also added that among the projects that they have approved are buildings including six to seven classrooms and laboratory repair works. The Sungai Besar parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of Datuk Noriah Kasnon in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak on May 5.
Also killed in the crash were Member of Parliament for Kuala Kangsar Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Noriah’s husband, Asmuni Abdullah and three others including the pilot. Barisan Nasional has picked Sungai Panjang assemblyman Budiman Mohd Zohdi, 44, as its candidate for Sungai Besar, while PAS has named Meru assemblyman Dr Abdul Rani Osman, who is also former Selangor PAS commissioner, as its candidate.