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Tuesday October 22, 2013 MYT 7:08:47 AM
by joseph kaos jr
Overjoyed: SMK Sultan Sulaiman Upper Six students showing the cash aid they had received from the Terengganu Government via the Terengganu Foundation at Wisma Darul Iman.
KUALA TERENGGANU: Muhd Shakirin Ali, 19, looked at the RM1,000 cash that he was holding and was already thinking of how best to spend the money.
However, SMK Sultan Sulaiman Upper Six student Muhd Shakirin pushed away the thoughts of computer games and a big makan (feast) as he resolved to put the money in the bank for his future education use.
Muhd Shakirin had received the money from the Terengganu government.
“This is a lot of money, but I do not want to spend it on unnecessary things. I will use it when I enter university,” he said yesterday.
He was one of 1,630 students in Terengganu who received the cash aid at Wisma Darul Iman yesterday.
The state government, through the Terengganu Foundation, has been handing out RM1,000 cash to every student in the state who will be sitting for STPM since 2008.
Twins Nurin Sarahah Sofian and Nurin Syairah Sofian said a large portion of their RM2,000 would be given to their parents.
“Our parents have been caring for us all this while and it is only right we give back to them. Hopefully, they will like our gift,” said Nurin Sarahah.
Nur Attilia Farhana Mohd Zali, also from SMK Sultan Sulaiman, hoped such an incentive would be carried on in the future as she wanted her siblings to also enjoy the monetary gift.
The aid was handed out by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.
Despite having to fork out nearly RM2mil every year for the aid, Ahmad said the state government would continue to do so as long as Barisan Nasional remained in power.
“We must always invest in our education so that our students will study hard and become capable adults.
“They will then lead in the development of Terengganu. We are willing to spend extra to realise this,” said Ahmad, adding that the STPM results in the state continued to be impressive.
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