KUALA LUMPUR: Getting new clothes is something children always look forward to during the festive seasons.
And 200 under-privileged students from six schools in Selangor had the time of their lives on Friday when they were treated to a shopping spree to get new outfits for the coming Deepavali and Hari Raya.
Armed with a budget of RM150 each, sponsored by Petronas, the students happily went round Parkson Grand in Suria KLCC looking at the clothes, shoes and accessories on display.
They were from SMK Cheras Jaya, SK Taming Jaya, SMK Teluk Gadong, SJK(T) Ladang West Country (Timur), SJK(T) Ladang West Country (Barat) and SJK(T) Bukit Darah.
V. Satesh, 12, was delighted to be among the 38 selected from his school, SJK(T) Ladang West Country (Timur), for the outing.
“I want to buy a new pair of jeans and a T-shirt for Deepavali, and there are so many to choose from,” said the prefect.
Asked what he had in mind, Mohd Fikri Aziz, 13, from SMK Teluk Gadong, said he wanted to get a baju melayu.
“But I cannot decide between the red and the blue as both are my favourite colours,” he said.
The girls, on the other hand, found it really difficult to make their choice in the footwear department.
A. Salani, who had picked a purple and white lace dress, decided to settle for a pair of black sequined shoes.
“They are pretty and shiny and will not dirty easily,” said the shy 12-year-old from SJK(T) Ladang West Country (Timur).
The fun-filled day, hosted by Puan Sri Noraini Mohd Yusoff, wife of Petronas president Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican, included a visit to the sky bridge of the Twin Towers, a tour of Petronas’ interactive science discovery centre – Petrosains – and a buka puasa dinner at the Mandarin Hotel here.
The students also received a cash gift of RM50 each as Petronas hoped the contribution would make this year’s Deepavali and Hari Raya celebrations even merrier for them.
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