The Association of Wives of State Assemblymen (BAIDURI) and K-Perak Incorporated, a state-linked company, gave away 25 laptops to needy students from four selected schools in Perak. The presentation ceremony, held at the Chief Minister’s residence recently, was graced by the CM’s wife, Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkipli and K-Perak’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Saidon Puteh.
“The recipients are from low-income families whose take-home pay is less than RM1,500 a month,” said Saidon to reporters. Over 100,000 1Malaysia computers have been given to deserving students, as part of the nationwide drive to provide computers to the poor. K-Perak and BAIDURI are spearheading the drive in Perak.
The presentation ceremony, on the appointed date, was the first of many to come. The four schools are SMK Seri Iskandar; SMK Kampung Boyan, Taiping; SMK Sultan Idris, Kuala Kangsar and SMK Sg Pari, Ipoh. One other beneficiary is Kelas Pendidikan Khas, Kampung Tawas, Ipoh.
“Although the gifts are small in monetary value, the benefits derived are enormous,” said Datin Saripah. “They help in creating an ICT-driven society befitting the modern technological age.”
A beaming Martin Dass from SMK Sg Pari interjected, “I no longer need to borrow my classmate’s computer to do my class assignments. This laptop is my Saviour and will remain dear to me.” Rosli Abdul Rahman, who received on behalf of his son, was moved by the gesture. “My son’s dream of owning a computer is finally realised.”