Enlightening The Rural Poor


A concerted effort to improve the living standard of the rural poor in Perak is being undertaken by BAIDURI (association of Perak Aduns’ wives) helmed by the Menteri Besar’s wife, Datin Seri Sharipah Zulkipli. The association’s focus is on the field of education since enlightenment can ensure the survivability of these poor folks in the new economic era.

“Education is the basis for advancement in a competitive environment,” said Sharipah at the launch of a student-adoption programme jointly organised by Yayasan Bina Upaya and BAIDURI at Sekolah Kebangsaan Suak Padi, Bota recently. The programme is targeted at children from poor rural backgrounds who will be sitting for their PMR and SPM examinations this year.

The method employed is in the form of motivational courses conducted for a period of three days each. Its objective is to provide the participants with the right frame of mind to face challenges head-on. Ten rural schools in each district have been identified and will stand to benefit from the programme which is funded by Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad. The company has allocated RM150,000 for the project.

Sharipah hoped that parents of participants would be equally motivated seeing that their charges are being cared for by the state.