So who’s telling the truth — deputy minister or headmaster? The Seri Pristana saga continues …
From The Malaysian Insider today, an article by Ravinder Singh:
“By insisting that the canteen was under renovation (now said to be since May, earlier said to be since March), the HM of Seri Pristana is in effect saying that Deputy Education Minister Kamalanathan lied when he said there were no renovations to the canteen, and the only repairs were the replacement of the wooden door to the teachers’ room in a corner of the canteen with a glass door. He had said this after visiting the school and seeing the canteen with his own eyes.
Why all this beating around the bush? Now that the HM has cast aspersions on the honesty of Kamalanathan, the latter should either confirm or deny the story about the renovations.
If he stays silent, then he is agreeing with the HM’s version about the renovations, and his own untruthful statement about there being no renovations to the canteen.
As the issue hinges on the truth or otherwise of the ‘renovations’ story, the matter can be resolved and put to rest very easily by producing photographs of the canteen under renovation.
Details of the renovation works should also be made public. What was the nature of the renovations: enlarging the floor area? Repairing the roof? Re-doing of the flooring? Building additional food stalls?
Who was the contractor and what was the contract sum? What are the dates on which the work actually commenced and ended?
There is no need to bring in any other matters and excuses into the unholy affair. If renovations were being carried out, whether since March or May, there must be facts and photographs concerning the renovations. Why are these being kept secret?
When the matter can be settled so easily by showing proof of the claim that the canteen was under renovation, why is it not being done? There must definitely be photographs as these are required to show progress of work to claim payments from the party that awarded the contract for the job.
Since Kamalanathan’s credibility has been questioned, it behoves that he act to put the matter to rest. Show photographs of the renovation works or pull up the HM for telling a lie about the renovations and continuing to repeat the lie.” […]
To read the rest of Ravinder’s article, please go to TMI.
From the news reports that I’ve read on the Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana controversy so far, none of the reporters who had visited the canteen said that they saw any evidence of the renovation works.