JOHOR BARU: Waking up early in the morning to travel across the South China Sea to Johor Baru was worth it for some students from Sabah and Sarawak who participated in the Karnival Perpaduan Asrama 1Malaysia 2015 here.
Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang Miri, Sarawak student Dianado Emang, 17, said she was excited to be one of the participants, as she had never been to Johor Baru before.
“By joining this kind of programme, I get the chance to do community service as well as to get to know other people’s culture and tradition.
“In Sarawak, we rarely find and practice those things from other races.
“In my place I’m only exposed to the cultures of Kayan, Lunbawang, Kelabit, Iban, Bidayuh and unlike here there are Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures,” said Dianado who speaks fluent Mandarin and can even belt out songs in Mandarin.
She was among the 166 students from Sabah, Sarawak, Johor Baru and Kuala Lumpur who took part in annual event organised by the Johor Education Department and Asrama 1Malaysia SMK (P) Sultan Ibrahim recently.
SMK St. John, Kuala Lumpur student S. Prabakaran, 15, who is active in environmental activities in the school said the programme was good for the students in terms of exposing themselves to other people’s culture and practises.
Committee members Ismail Juned said the programme was organised to strengthen the relationship and patriotism between races among the 1Malaysia boarding school students through cultural programmes.
“It is also to support the Education Ministry’s Student Integration Plan for Unity programme organised by the Education Ministry for students.
“Among the activities in the three-day programme include exercises at Taman Tasik Merdeka, explore race competition, tree-planting and more to be held in different parts of Johor Baru.