JOHOR BARU: Every year during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Mohamad Tahaluthfi Norani had to be contented with used clothes.
This year, the nine-year-old pupil from SK Tanjung Puteri here, is glowing with happiness as he would be celebrating the festival with new clothes.
The fourth child among seven siblings, the boy’s security guard father had not been able to give his children new clothes on the meagre income he earned.
On Wednesday, he was among 29 students, aged eight to 12, chosen by the Kumpulam Pendidikan Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KPYPJ) to go on a shopping spree at the Angsana mall.
Met at the Bata outlet at the shopping centre, Mohamad Tahaluthfi said he spent his day choosing a new set of baju Melayu and new shoes. KPYPJ also gave him RM10 as duit Raya.
“This is the first time I am receiving all these goodies for free and I really feel very grateful,” he said.
Another student, Azirah Mohd Ali, also nine, expressed the same joy and gratitude to KPYPJ, adding that her father is a former labourer while her mother works at a home for handicapped children.
Azirah said the household income was around RM400 a month, which was hardly sufficient to support her and her eight other siblings through school, let alone buying new clothes and shoes for Hari Raya.
KPYPJ public relations manager Zaid Zain said the foundation allocated RM100 for each student, drawn from poor or broken families, orphans and children of single mothers.
He said the 29 students, of which 20 were girls, came from families with a household income of below RM400 and RM500.
“This is the first time KPYPJ has organised such an event, to lighten the burden of those less fortunate,” said Zaid.
Zaid added that SK Tanjung Puteri was the chosen school for the event as it was one of the town schools which had the highest amount of children coming from squatter areas and low-income families.
Also present at the event was KPYPJ’s chief executive officer Haji Zainal Abidin Osman.
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