I wrote a news to the Borneo Post but it was not published. So, I decided to publish it here, in my blog.
The Director of Education, Sarawak Tuan Haji Mortadza Bin Haji Alop visited SMK Sadong Hilir on the 11 November 2010 by invitation from the school in conjunction with the “School Award Giving Ceremony” at SMK Sadong Hilir. The award giving ceremony was held to acknowledge the achievement of students in terms of academic and co-curriculum. Other than that, a special award by the principal himself, Tuan Haji Abang Ismawi Bin Abang Muhi, was also presented to the best motivating and supportive parents and teachers.
According to Tuan Haji Mortadza, many students today are putting entertainment ahead of education. Even a week before SPM starts, they are seen around towns lofting and organise party here and there. Parents should take their children’s education seriously. The different level of education between parents and children, especially in rural areas should not become an excuse for them not to help their children to excel in their studies. But they can support their children by being with them during their study time.
He also gave an example of a successful “kampung boy” by the name of Idris Jala, a Kelabit from rural Bario who can turn out to be a successful man and a leader in Malaysia’s Economy. He took him as an example since SMK Sadong Hilir is a school located at rural area.
Tuan Haji Mortadza also encourage students who will finish their studies at the secondary school to explore job opportunities outside Sarawak. By doing this, he believes, students will gain more knowledge and could be bringing a lot of money home to upgrade their family standard of living. He said, today many Ibans are living in Johore to work in Singapore and offshore and that the government of Johore had acknowledged them as one of the ethnic groups in Johore.
The event was grand and two students were chosen as “The Students of Hope” for SPM and PMR next year, namely Chung Ming Hung (form 4) and Fatimatul Zaharah (Form 2).