Selangor Journal
Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari speaking to reporters after officiating the Tekad Pendidikan Kita Selangor programme at Dewan Raja Muda Musa, Kompleks Belia dan Kebudayaan Negeri, Shah Alam on June 18, 2023. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Lending hand: MBI distributes RM25 mln to empower education since 2021

By Zareef Muzammil

SHAH ALAM, June 19 — Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated), or MBI, has allocated RM25.5 million in financial aid since 2021 to empower the education sector in the state, according to Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.

The state menteri besar said the funds encompass repair of school facilities, the conducting of Parent Teacher Association programmes, implementation of Back-To-School and Selangor People’s Tutoring initiatives, and addressing period poverty.

He said the distribution of the aid is part of MBI’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

“These aid have been disbursed with the cooperation of various quarters, including the Selangor Education Department, schools, state assemblymen and the relevant agencies.”

Amirudin said this to reporters yesterday after attending the officiating of the Tekad Pendidikan Kita Selangor programme.

Earlier in his speech, the menteri besar said the state administration consistently cares for the education of all those in Selangor, including those in pre-schools, stressing the importance of equal opportunity for every child.

“Children who are left behind and financially disabled are given various assistance, including financially, school equipment and additional classes.”

Free sanitary pads for 1,000 students

On a separate matter, Amirudin revealed that 1,000 low-income students from five schools will benefit from the state’s free sanitary pad pilot project, involving a fund of RM100,000 across six months.

The implementation will be done via vending machines.

“If all goes well, we will expand the programme and allocate RM200,000. There is a possibility that the machines could be vandalised and damaged, so we want to see the effectiveness.”

The pilot project will involve Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Tua, Gombak, SMK (Perempuan) Bukit Kuda, Klang, SMK Kapar, Klang, SMK Putra Perdana, Sepang and SMK Kuala Selangor.

Previously, during the tabling of the state’s 2023 Budget, the menteri besar had announced the allocation of RM200,000 to empower women in the state, including through awareness campaigns and the provision of free sanitary pads.

Selangor is the first state in the country to introduce such an initiative.

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