by : Hiew King Cheu
The Dewan Angian Andulag in Kampong Apin Apin near Keningau will be renovated and upgraded after a long time being abandoned. The damaged condition of the hall could not allow any activity to be carried out there.
The news on the poor condition of the community hall was brought up by the MCA Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu after his visit with the Keningau MCA Division Chairman Jack Chen to the hall. During the last state assembly sitting, Hiew asked whether the government can allocate some money to renovate the hall to allow the people in Apin Apin to use the hall for the activities and meetings.
The Sabah Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Hajiji Bin Haji Mohd Noor said that the Dewan Dato Angian Andulag was built in 1999 by the state government together with the other halls in Bingor and Sook. These halls were completed and open for use in 2001, and in 2003 until 2011 the Apin Apin Hall was put under the care of the JKDB Apin Apin. At the end of 2011, the Apin Apin Hall was transferred to the direct care of the Keningau District office, but the condition of the hall was in a seriously damaged condition due to lack of maintenance and vandalism.
The cost of repair to the hall is estimated to be around RM 300,000, and therefore the ministry will allocate a sum RM 300,000 in 2015 for the upgrading and repair work. The hall will be closed to the public during that period for safety and security reason until it is ready to be reopen for use again.
Hiew commented that the public facilities like the community hall must be taken care of by all the people. We cannot allow any vandalism to damage a nice hall until it cannot be used by the people who need to hall. The Apin Apin Hall is a typical example, where we can see the serious extend of the damages caused by the vandalism act. The window broken, glass door smashed into pieces, floor board dug up, wall sprayed with paint and the performance stage torn out of sharp, and the lights and wiring all taken down.
Hiew said once the hall is renovated and renewed, the community must protect it and provide good care, because the government is paying a big sum of money to get it back for your use.