Back-to-school hustle and bustle


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 06 Jan 2020

Trainees of Giatmara Alor Setar giving schoolchildren free haircuts during the opening of a senior citizen activity centre. – Photos: G.C. TAN/The Star

PARENTS and children have been spotted doing last-minute shopping for the new school year in Alor Setar, Kedah.

Housewife Kazemah Mat Isa, 42, said school items were getting costly nowadays.

She spent RM500 on two pairs of black shoes, four sets of school uniforms, two pairs of socks and two school bags.

A family shopping for black school shoes.A family shopping for black school shoes.

“In 2018, I could get all these items for less than RM500.

“I expect my expenses to hit RM1,000 as I still have to buy stationery, books and other things, ” she said.

Kazemah said she usually shopped at Kedah Shopping Centre in Jalan Sultan Badlishah for back-to-school items.

“All the school essentials are nicely displayed here. The sales personnel are friendly as well, ” she said.

Kazemah helping her nine-year-old son Muhammad Arsyad Danish Alias choose  school shoes at Kedah Shopping Centre.Kazemah helping her nine-year-old son Muhammad Arsyad Danish Alias choose school shoes at Kedah Shopping Centre.

Penang KFC area manager R. Parthipan, 47, and his 11-year-old son P. Gajeshan were seen shopping for school uniforms at the same shopping centre.

“I bought two white shirts and two blue pants that cost me RM120, ” he said.

Bank employee Mohd Zaidi Zakaria, 43, said he spent RM200 on school items.

“There are ample quality school items for sale here.

“I bought uniforms, a headscarf and shoes for my daughter and last week, I got school essentials for my son here, ” said Mohd Zaidi.

Kedah Shopping Centre personal executive Khor Ai Peng, 49, said 30 staff members were on duty to serve the customers.

Gajeshan trying on a new uniform with help from father Parthipan.Gajeshan trying on a new uniform with help from father Parthipan.

“Two weeks before the start of the school year, we extended our operating hours to 9.30pm instead of closing at 8.30pm daily.

“The shopping centre will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary on Sept 9 in 2020.”

Meanwhile, Fisheries Development Authority Malaysia (LKIM) chairman Muhammad Faiz Fadzil gave out school bags and cash aid to 100 children of members of the Kuala Kedah Fishermen Association.

Muhammad Faiz (front, centre) posing with children and parents from the Kuala Kedah Fishermen Association. With them are state youth and sports, tourism, arts  and culture and entrepreneur development committee chairman Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris (front, left) and National Fisherman’s Association of Malaysia chairman Abdul Hamid Bahari (front, right).Muhammad Faiz (front, centre) posing with children and parents from the Kuala Kedah Fishermen Association. With them are state youth and sports, tourism, arts and culture and entrepreneur development committee chairman Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris (front, left) and National Fisherman’s Association of Malaysia chairman Abdul Hamid Bahari (front, right).

Each child received RM100 and a school bag at a back-to-school programme at the community hall of LKIM in Kuala Kedah.

At the community hall of Taman Wira Mergong, some 100 schoolchildren received free haircuts from trainees of Giatmara Alor Setar.

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