Troubled teens shine at Deepavali gathering

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

MySkills students performing a dance at the event.

SOCIAL Security Organisation (Socso) hosted a joyful Deepavali 2019 celebration for the underprivileged and other invited guests.

The event held at MySkills Foundation in Kalumpang, Selangor, brought sparkles of laughter among the attendees, especially the children of Socso beneficiaries who study at the skills training centre.

Currently, the foundation trains more than 150 students.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran, who was present at the event, commended Socso for choosing MySkills Foundation’s campus to celebrate the festival this year.

He also commended the foundation’s focus on skills development for youngsters who faced various social issues.

Kulasegaran said his friends from abroad who visited MySkills, were also impressed with its achievements and hoped to emulate similar ideas in their country.

Speaking to reporters later, he said, “It is our social duty to give opportunities to these children.

“The ministry sponsored 10 MySkills students for a hiking trip to Mount Kinabalu. One boy cried for getting the chance to board a flight for the trip, it was very moving, ” he shared.

Kulasegaran said these youngsters could excel in their lives when given the proper chances and skills training.

Socso chief executive Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said, “We believe celebrations like this can strengthen unity in the country.”

The event also saw 32 single mothers, orphans and their guardians receiving festive hampers and money packets, as well as contributions from Socso to lighten their financial burden during the festive season.

MySkills Foundation chairman S. Pasupathi, expressed his appreciation to Socso and Kulasegaran for their efforts, saying the minister’s empathy and continuous visits had brought in more corporate people to visit the campus and offer assistance.

“We hope the same thing can be replicated in other places. If not given the opportunity, they (those youngsters) will choose crime, ” Pasupathi added.

One of the MySkills students, M.Gajethiran, 14, said he was from a broken family and that the centre has given him an opportunity to realise his dream of owning a wiring business in the future.

“I am happy as I have my friends, a nice place to stay and study, ” said the Form 1 dropout who was sent to the foundation nine months ago by his uncle.

Another MySkills student, Lavinthiran Suresh, 13, and his brother Thanesh, 16, are also enrolled in an electrical course.

“I hope to be successful in my life to help my family.

“The campus provides a comfortable and peaceful environment for me and my friends to study” said Lavinthiran, who also dropped out of school and has been studying at MySkills for two years.

Also present were the foundation’s chief executive officer Devasharma Gangadaran, Hulu Selangor MP June Leow Hsiad Hui, Human Resources Ministry secretary-general Datuk Amir Omar, Socso board members, the ministry’s top management as well as members of MySkills’ board of directors.

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