FOURTY-FOUR pupils from all the 28 Tamil schools in Penang who scored 7As in the 2014 UPSR were rewarded with a mountain bike each by the Sri Muniswarar Temple in Jalan Baru, Prai near Butterworth.
After special prayers conducted by temple priest Siva Sri S. Ganesa Gurukal, temple president Datuk Dr K. Arunasalam gave away the bicycles to 26 girls and 18 boys.
Dr Arunasalam, in his speech, praised the high achievers and hoped that the event would motivate others to study hard and obtain good results too.
“However, I’m very disappointed that there are only 44 recipients as I expected to give away 150 bicycles.”
He said he believed that the number of pupils scoring 7As dropped following a directive from the Education Ministry to resit for the UPSR in several subjects.
S. Gayathiri from SJK (T) Mak Mandin said she scored 4As and 3Bs in the trial examination.
“I studied extra hard thereafter and managed to obtain 7As in my UPSR.
“The bicycle will be useful as I can go cycling to keep myself fit,” she said.
Her schoolmate R. Diinesh was also excited to receive his reward.
“My hardwork has paid off. Actually, I only got 5As and 2Bs in the trial. My parents told me about this reward and it gave me that extra motivation to do better,” he added.
Dr Arunasalam added that the temple had also provided financial aid to Indian students pursuing studies in institutions of higher learning over the years.
Also present were temple secretary M. Segaran, treasurer Datuk N. Gobalakrishnan and state Tamil schools organiser R. Kalidass.