A PAIR of new school attire, socks and shoes were more than enough to get the Husaini brothers all excited for the next school year.
“I like my new school clothes, and my new shoes are so white, ” said Ibrahim Husaini, eight.
His brother Yusof, 11, was equally excited over his new pair of school clothes.
“My new clothes look so clean. I cannot wait to start my new school year now, ” said Yusof.
The brothers from SJK (C) Sin Min were among 110 recipients from 11 schools who received school aid from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) under its ‘Jom To School’ programme.
The pupils, who were selected through the e-Kasih database, also received RM50 each in their BSN accounts after a ceremony at SK Balik Pulau on Wednesday.
BSN Data Governance vice-president Andy Chew said the programme was meant to help the needy pupils.
He said the programme, which started in Johor on Sunday, would be held at all the states in Malaysia before ending in Melaka on Nov 22.
“This year, a total of 2,000 pupils from Year Two to Year Five will be receiving the aid. Last year, we managed to help 1,041 pupils.
“We want to help more children from needy families so that they can start a comfortable schooling journey next year, ” he said in his speech at SK Balik Pulau.
The pupils who received the aid were from SK Batu Maung, SK Sg Batu, SK Teluk Kumbar, SK Seri Bayu, SK Genting, SK Kongsi, SK Balik Pulau, SK Sg Pinang, SK Titi Teras, SK Teluk Bahang and SJK (C) Sin Min.