By Azian Aziz
SHAH ALAM, Feb 21 — Approximately 420 primary and secondary school students from the Meru state constituency will receive back-to-school assistance next month.
Its state assemblyman Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mokhtar said 300 students will each receive RM100 in cash, sponsored by Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) or MBI, while 100 students will each receive RM100 worth of Pusat Pakaian Hari-Hari vouchers, donated by the state constituency.
He added that 20 more students will receive RM150 in cash from the Selangor Women’s Welfare and Charity Organisation (Pekawanis).
“All of the students are from underprivileged families who have been unable to receive assistance from the Selangor Zakat Board, or Bantuan Kehidupan Sejahtera Selangor (Bingkas).
“The aid will be provided in stages before the school session commences,” Mohd Fakhrulrazi said when contacted today.
The donations are meant to ease the parents’ burden and provide comfort to students by helping them to obtain better school clothes and appropriate school equipment, to help them learn.
“Simultaneously, we use this opportunity to dispense advice and motivation to students, to ensure they can focus on their studies as well as helping to channel their problems for us to help,” he said.
As for the MBI assistance, an allocation of RM30,000 is provided for each state constituency to ease the burdens of B40 families by providing for the school needs of their offspring.