STUDENTS from the lower income families have been urged to keep moving forward in life regardless of the circumstances that they are in.
This advice was given by Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim during the back-to-school programme’s voucher presentation ceremony held at the Sungai Pinang activity centre (Pusat Aktiviti KADUN Sungai Pinang) today.
The programme was jointly organised by the Sungai Pinang service centre and Jelutong parliamentary service centre.
“I came from a poor family, but that did not hinder me from breaking the poverty cycle.
“Originating from the neighbourhood of Sungai Pinang myself, I used to sell ‘kuih’ when I was still schooling to earn some pocket money.
“Do not be hesitant in asking for help. Only when you ask, you will receive due help.
“Never get intimidated by your situation. Stay determined and study well.
“Appreciate those who have helped you along the way and remember to help others once you have attained a good position in life,” said Lim during her speech at the event.
Lim said the back-to-school programme caters to a total of 870 students from the Sungai Pinang constituency.
“The allocation for 600 students came from Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, while the allocation for the remaining 270 students came from the Sungai Pinang constituency.
“Today we have only invited some of the recipients for the ceremony. Later, the vouchers for the rest of the students will be distributed as well.
“All recipients in this programme will be receiving school vouchers worth RM95.
“They can use the vouchers to purchase uniforms or other necessary school items. It is up to them.
Meanwhile, Rayer, as the Jelutong MP, has also contributed the school vouchers to the other two constituencies, namely Datok Keramat and Batu Lancang.
“Allocations from the state government are also given to the state assemblymen from the Opposition.
“I also would like to note here that the main reason Pakatan Harapan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Opposition is to enhance the political stability.
“We need a stable government so as to ensure the livelihoods of our people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“However, we will definitely not compromise on anything that burdens the rakyat,” he added.
Story & Pix by Tanushalini Moroter