Friday, July 21, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 2:35 pm

This is Sekolah Kebangsaan Desa Pandan. It is located in Kuala Lumpur.

It must be a good school. Or at least, that is what is claimed on its signboard at the main gate which reads :-

Anugerah Sekolah Harapan Negara Johan Kebangsaan 2004
Anugerah Sekolah Mithali (Tabung Haji) 2004 (Zon Tengah : W.P., Selangor, Negeri Sembilan & Melaka)
Anugerah Kualiti Menteri Pelajaran 2005 Johan Negeri
Pertandingan Keceriaan & Kebersihan (3K) 2005 Johan Negeri

The awards are a testimony to all the good work the Principal, Teachers, PTA and students have put in. Well done! Pat on the back!

But is it really so?

Take a look at what is behind the school.
You will notice that this is a water tank. It is located behind the school. The nearest block to the water tank uses its ground floor for school assemblies. Every morning, students and teachers will gather there for a briefing by presumably, the Principal.

Oblivious to everyone, however, is the fact that the water tank has been overflowing with water for more than a year already. How do I know? Well, let's just say it's personal knowledge.

Anyway, if you look at the photo below, you will also notice that the constant overflowing of water (it's not even a trickle but a gush of water) has caused the wall of a small building next to it to have fungus growth. It's the dark green patch which you can see on the left hand side of the photo. That is evidence of regular overflowing (to those who are still doubting). If you are still doubting, look at the concrete pillar which is supporting the water tank in the photo above and below. The fungus growth is more apparent on the sides exposed to the overflowing water.

It is sad that in their quest to be a champion school in the country, the Principal, teachers and guards (they have guards securing the school compound) have not done anything to have the water overflow rectified. Are they sending the right message to the school children who are all below the age of 13 (this is a primary school)? Children should be taught from young to save and conserve resources, be it water or electricity. Giving a blatant disregard to the overflowing water tank gives the message to children that it is okay to let water go to waste.

Is it any wonder that you find taps not turned off in public toilets, ladies and gentlemen?

*Update : I emailed one of the pics to The Star under the Thumbnails column and it was published on Saturday the 22nd July, 2006. According to residents living near the school (where I took the pics), a plumber worked on the tank the very next day (Sunday). Problem solved.



At 9:31 pm, Blogger H J Angus

Good story and nice pics.

Obviously someone is not doing his job. Maybe you could call the principal and let him/her know.

Then see how long b4 action is taken.


At 1:43 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

Some residents have sounded out the overflowing water to the principal many moons before. Nothing was done. Enough if, I did something.