KOTA KINABALU: For over four decades, pupils of a religious school in Kepayan near here have been studying in a wooden building that gets patched up only occasionally when private donors come forward to help.
None of this aid would turn Sekolah Agama Negeri-IPK Kepayan into a modern school with up to date amenities, but it does the job in making sure that pupils, most of whom are the offspring of policemen, have a school to go to.
On Monday (May 6), a group of generous people including those from private companies, came together to donate funds for the repair and refurbishment of the school.
The gesture touched the hearts of policemen, especially Sabah police chief Datuk Omar Mammah, who said that the school was the place for their children to study close to home.
“As you can see, this school is mainly wooden and it is far from modern, but over the years, we have had generous donors help repair and provide funds for its refurbishment so that the school still stands today,” he said.
Omar said contributions from donors, many of whom were non-Muslims, was a testimony to strong relations between people of all races in Sabah.
“Even though this is a religious school for Muslims, quite a large number of donations are from non-Muslims, and this truly shows how blessed Sabah is to have people of different faiths who care about each other,” he said.
Among the donors on Monday were Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking, Petronas Dagangan Bhd, Rastamas Sdn Bhd, and the district police chiefs of Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Papar and Tuaran.
“We are also touched by the school’s principal who went all out to find donations for the school’s repairs, and for approaching us to help out,” CPO Omar said.
The police chief added that in this month of Ramadan, he hopes more people will come forward to help the needy and to remember their corporate social responsibilities.
He said Sabah is home to people of different races and religions, thus mutual understanding, care, tolerance and unity is needed for harmonious living.