New hall brings delight to pupils in remote village

  • Community
  • Thursday, 22 Jan 2015

A gift for you: Julita presents back-to-school essentials to a Year 3 student while Petronas Upstream Business Corporate Affairs and Administration general manager Lita Osman (left) and Sipitang assistant district officer Matlin Dullah (right) look on.

KOTA KINABALU: Some 60 students and teachers at a remote primary school in the southwest Sipitang district are looking forward to doing more activities with new hall provided by Petronas.

The 97sq m hall that can accommodate up to about 100 people time would enable the students of SK Lubok Darat to hold any co-curricular activities, come rain or shine.

The provision of the hall was part of the national oil company’s corporate social investment (CSI) programme known as “Program Sentuhan Ilmu Petronas” (PSIP).

Its primary objective is to provide students from rural areas from Year 2 to Year 6 with a strong foundation for them to excel academically.

Petronas had “adopted” 13 schools in Sabah under the PSIP initiative.

The unveiling of the hall on Tuesday was marked with the handover of a commemorative plaque by Petronas head of Dalak Project Hamdan Hassan to school principal Rafiah Jaafar.

Petronas also presented back-to-school essentials comprising school uniforms and exercise books to all 12 Year 3 students, nurtured under the PSIP since last year.

Petronas general manager for Sabah and Labuan regional office Julita Ontol said, the provision of the hall was part of the company’s commitment in contributing to the well-being of communities wherever it operates.

“The school premise earlier only consisted of a building which has six classrooms and a staff room for 12 teachers,” she said.

Julita also said the hall would benefit more than 300 villagers in the vicinity as well, as it could also cater for their community activities.

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