KUALA LUMPUR: Some 50 Rohingya schoolchildren had a taste of AirAsia hospitality when the airline staff treated them to a Hari Raya bash in their school.
AirAsia X Bhd chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said it is a joy for him and his team of 20 to see the smiles on the children’s faces when playing games and eating with them.
He said the company tries to fund programmes that do not get much exposure in the hope of more people supporting good causes such as the Rohingya Community School.
The three-storey rented shoplot where the school operated was full of songs and laughter as the AirAsia X team celebrated with the Rohingya children, singing Hari Raya songs and enjoying a lunch of traditional Malaysian cuisine.
Benyamin and his team also distributed hampers and duit raya to the children.
Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) secretary-general Dr Shahrizal Azwan Samsudin thanked the airline for its support.
Muhammad Toyub, 12, said he is grateful for the food, recalling how his family almost ran out of food and water during their 11-day journey to Malaysia by boat while fleeing from Myanmar.
Kurban Ali, 11, said some of the Raya food reminded him of Myanmar food, as ketupat palas is known as Kuin Tuk in Rohingya language.
Naela Natasya Aprilia Giyazsawdin, 10, said she loves having visitors, who played games and did fun activities with them.
Yusof Nor Sideq Ahmad, 10, and his sister Nur Amalina, 12, said they celebrated on the first day of Raya at a neighbour’s open house but are just as pleased to have a second party.
The Community School, run by MRA since 2009, provides preschool and primary school education to some 60 Rohingya children aged three to 14 years.
While some of the children were born in Malaysia, some were from refugee families from various settlements in Kampung Cheras Baru here.