The Federal government is allocating an additional RM1 billion to rebuild dilapidated schools in Sabah and Sarawak, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said most of such schools in the country numbering about 600 were located in Sabah and Sarawak.

“We have identified the school buildings which have to be rebuilt, we just need some time and an additional allocation because for each of these schools we will have to spend between RM15 million and RM20 million, and this is a big amount,” he told reporters after attending a “People’s Feast” at the compound of the Darul Taqwa Mosque here Friday.

Muhyiddin had earlier peroformed the Friday prayers at the mosque.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said many of the school buildings involved were on the verge of collapsing because the were sited close to rivers and this posed a safety risk to their students.