Sikh students get cash, awards for academic achievements

Arul Kumar (third from right) chatting with some of the recipients at the awards ceremony. Also present were NSSU patron Datuk Daljeet Singh Dhillon (right) and Jagjeet.

AFTER a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Negri Sembilan Sikh Union (NSSU) honoured students from the community in the state who had excelled in national examinations at a high-tea ceremony.

The students, who did well in the UPSR, PT3, SPM and STPM in 2019 and 2020, received cash and awards from state human resources, plantations and non-Muslim affairs committee chairman J. Arul Kumar.

NSSU president M. Jagjeet Singh congratulated the students as well as their parents for their sterling academic achievements.

“We could not organise this event, which is part of NSSU’s annual calendar, over the past two years because of Covid-19 and today, it makes us happy to be able to reward you.

“Although NSSU is primarily an organisation involved in sports, cultural and social activities, we have been honouring students who did well in their exams so that we can motivate them to do even better in future,” he said.

Jagjeet also thanked the state government for supporting NSSU in carrying out its activities.

He said allocations from the state government were also used to help residents in Kampung Singh and its surrounding areas, which were badly hit by floods last November.

NSSU, he said, had also collaborated with Gurdwara Sahib Seremban to provide vegetarian meals to Covid-19 frontliners at the state Health Department.

Arul, in his speech, thanked NSSU for honouring the students.

“It is my hope that NSSU will continue to serve the community and also work with other non-governmental organisations to carry out activities of mutual benefit.

“On its part, the state government will continue to assist the rakyat through the many initiatives it has drawn up,” he said.

Citing an example, he said the state government had among others, set aside RM29mil this year to assist those affected by Covid-19.

As of September this year, RM13mil had been disbursed to help those affected including petty traders, hawkers and families in need.

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