Sharing stories that will inspire fellow Sarawakians (particularly youths like I) and at the same time awaken our consciousness on the business and political injustices that seems to be prevalent around us. Some of us need a reminder of how we got here too.
KUALA TERENGGANU: Keceriaan jelas terpancar pada wajah 30 murid kurang berkemampuan apabila diberi peluang memilih pakaian raya pada program Sentuhan Kasih Ramadan Yayasan Petronas 2019 di sebuah pasar raya, di sini.
Lebih menceriakan, ada antara murid kurang berkemampuan dari mukim Batu Rakit dan kawasan Dewan Undangan negeri (DUN) Ladang, di sini turut membawa ibu bapa serta adik-beradik untuk membantu memilih pakaian raya, yang bernilai RM300 seorang.
Eight secondary schools from Sabah and two from Federal Territory of Labuan are among 50 schools competing in Yayasan Petronas’ All About Youth 2019 (AAY 2019)–a programme for Malaysian students to become agents of change by transforming their ideas into powerful solutions.
The competition, involving Form Two and Form Four students, carry the theme “Reducing Carbon Emissions for a Better Future”. Other participating schools are from Sarawak, Terengganu, Melaka, and Johor.
KUCHING: Sarawak government is committed to empowering women with the ultimate aim of seeing women striking a balance between work and family.
In stating this, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said women more often than not faced hurdles to gaining the necessary seed money to put their business ideas into reality.
KUCHING: Around 200 people in Kampung Sion, Tapah now have improved access to clean water under the Communities Unite for Purewater (CUP) programme by Global Peace Foundation Malaysia.
According to a press statement by CUP, the initiative aims to uplift the welfare of rural and underserved communities through the provision of clean water.
To date, CUP has benefited over 4,256 people in 21 communities across Malaysia through technical solutions that improve access to water, filtration technology that provides clean drinking water, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) training that increases knowledge and awareness of water management and hygiene.
Petronas organised a three-day special workshop for 150 Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) Sarawakian students as part of its commitment to continuously support the development of national education and human capital.
According to a press statement, under the BUDI Petronas Programme, the workshop was held from September 21-23 involving selected students from MRSM Kuching, MRSM Betong and MRSM Mukah.
The Programme BUDI Petronas is a collaborative effort between Petronas and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) to support deserving students studying at three MRSMs in the state. Recipients are given financial allowances anually to pay for their school uniforms, textbooks, sports attire, learning aids and other basic necessities. To date, a total of 285 student have benefitted from the programme since 2015.
Getting about his daily life used to be a different experience for Calvin Magudampai, 56, a resident of Kampung Katud, near here. On most days, he said, it would start with a long walk to the river – a trip that included trekking up and down the hill.
“We would wake up as early as 5am and make our way to the river, bringing with us containers to collect water, and walk back to our homes. Mind you it’s a long walk, took us more than an hour,” he said.
Other residents of Kampung Katud and two nearby villages – Kampung Pulutan and Kampung Patiu – would have similar stories to tell about how life used to be in their village.
But things began to change for the better with the implementation of the ‘Planting Tomorrow’ programme, a corporate social investment programme carried out by Petronas in collaboration with Yayasan Sejahtera.
Launched in February 2017, this programme aims to uplift the socioeconomic well-being of identified rural communities in two phases of assistance – the provision of an alternative water supply solution, followed by implementation of sustainable livelihood activities. Through the programme, gravity-fed water supply facilities were installed in the three villages, benefiting about 400 residents.
‘Paint Your Mural’ a project under the Trust School Programme by Petronas in collaboration with Yayasan Amir has successfully reached out to five schools in Sarawak with about 2,600 students.
This project to bring transformation, replicable and equitable change of public schools started in 2016 at SMK Lundu, SK Siar Campuran, SK Sampadi, SK Bumiputera and SK Stunggang Melayu – all in the Lundu district.
Some 153 students of SK Bumiputera participated in the ‘Paint Your Mural’ for two days from Sept 19-20 with help from a local graffiti-artist Dewi Mio. They painted a mural themed ‘Future Leaders’ on the wall of their school’s main hall.
They also did batik painting facilitated by Galeri Petronas and conducted science experiment entitled ‘Bagaimana Minyak Terbentuk’.
These activities were designed to instill awareness and arouse interest in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM).
In August this year, more than 100 students of SK Sampadi also painted murals on their school walls.
Last year, more than 300 students from SK Siar Campuran, SMK Lundu and SK Stunggang Melayu also painted murals in their respective schools and took part in science talk and creative arts activities.
Petronas contributes towards educational and human capital development in Sarawak through Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP), Programme Budi MRSM-Petronas and Programme Sentuhan Ilmu Petronas (PSIP).
To date, Petronas has sponsored 689 Sarawak students under its PESP and another 1,054 under the PSIP since 2003.
Under its Vocational Institution Sponsorship & Training Assistance (VISTA) programme, Petronas has also sponsored more than 1,097 trainees since 2007 to undergo vocational training at four technical institutions in Sarawak – Centre of Technical Excellence (Centex) Sarawak, Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS), Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Miri and National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) Miri.
The Petronas Muslim Welfare Association (Bakip) handed out RM50,000 in tithes to 200 needy students recently.
The tithes were collected from Petronas’ Muslim staff.
Each of the 56 recipients, from hardcore poor families in Kuching, received a school bag and stationery worth RM85, as well as RM165 in cash.
“Petronas understands that we cannot move forward without education, so we see how they tirelessly invest in the education sector.
“Education is not owned by the Education Department. We all should take ownership of it. We must all care. Education is the only way to change lives,” state education director Rakayah Madon said in her speech.
Petronas Sarawak general manager Shamsur Taha said Petronas is committed to improving the quality of education in Sarawak.
“Since 2010, we invested around RM400 million to support education and the development of human capital in Sarawak. This is done through our Corporate Social Investment programme carried out by our headquarters and operation units in Bintulu and Miri,” Shamsur said in a speech read by Petronas public affairs manager Rhymie Rashidie Ibrahim.
Last year, 46 Sarawakian students went on to pursue their education in renowned universities locally and abroad under the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme.
Petronas is also working with Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) to financially help outstanding students from underprivileged families to study at Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) in Sarawak, as well as building a new MRSM in Bintulu.