Building a self-reliant community
and instilling values in children
here to view current pictures of the school.
Jaya: In line with the spirit of "Malaysia Boleh", Sekolah Kebangsaan
Methodist Petaling Jaya is organizing a campaign to get members of the
public and Bukit Gasing community to come together to contribute towards
the building of a new wall for the school.
of just raising funds, we also hope to reach out to members of the community
for assistance in kind, such as bricks, grilles, cement and sand to build
the wall around the school," says Ms Pat Lu, the campaign manager. "In
addition, we would also like to invite volunteer builders, contractors,
bricklayers or anyone involved in the construction industry to come forward
to build the wall during the almost two-month school holidays which will
begin on November 19, 1999."
school has, to date, raised some RM55,000 through a recent "Cleanathon"
but it has no intention of spending the entire amount on building the wall.
"We have plans to spend about half of the fund raised on the wall so that
the remaining portion could be utilized to buy some computers for the students,"
says Dr Yusoff Musa, chairman of the school's Parents-Teachers Association
the PTA wanted to replace the dilapidated wire fencing with new wire fencing
but has since decided against the idea even though it would cost much less
than building brick walls because the school would have to worry about
its fence two years down the road (or earlier) because the wire fencing
would not last as long. "We rather spend a little more for a more permanent
structure where security would also be better," says Mohd Rafiq, Chairman
of the School Fence Project
such, the school fence would now be constructed with facing bricks (without
plastering on both sides of the walls) at the lower portions and metal
grilles at upper portion. "The walls would be constructed in standard bays
of eight feet (2,400mm) in length with both brick piers at both ends,"
Mohd Rafiq explains.
the whole school compound to be fenced, we need approximately 250 bays
of such brick/metal grille fencing. And we need approximately 10 bricklayers
(both skilled and semi-skilled) and three to five general workers," Ken
Tan, a committee member of the school's PTA.
for the material, some 50,000 pieces of bricks (red clay bricks of standard
size of 210mm x 95mm x 65mm are needed. Also required are 750 bags of cement,
10 lorries of five cubic metres of washed sand, 250 sets of metal grille
(of simple profile 2,400mm x 700mm) and two tons of reinforcement steel
bar (10mm in diameter; 12mm in diameter; 14mm diameter)
current fencing around the school is in a sorry state," Lu who is also
CEO of Rayma Management Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd points out. "This puts
the 800 primary school children at risk. There were some near kidnap attempts
recently and we certainly would not want that to happen again.
aim is to create awareness that it is possible to build a self-reliant
community," she adds. "Take for example, the estimated population of Bukit
Gasing is approximately 35,000 people. If each brings a couple of red bricks
to the school, the school wall will be built in no time. Through this effort,
we hope to instill the value of self-reliance in the community. If each
plays their part, the children will have a safe place to study in."
according to Lu, the school wall would also have a "Wisdom Board". Quotations
such as, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish,
he eats for a lifetime" would be on the board on a weekly basis
to instill strong values in children. This Wisdom Board would be managed
on a weekly basis by the students (to be rotated among the various classes
in the school) under the supervision of their teachers.
a urban setting like Kuala Lumpur where life in general can be quite an
impersonal affair, it is important that we get members of the respective
communities to be involved in their community affairs," Lu says. "This
would not only help to cultivate better community relations but also instill
good values among its members. In addition, it would also help build the
spirit of self-reliance in communities. Malaysians, as a whole, is a caring
lot. If we put our heads together and contribute cheerfully as well as
sacrificially, a lot of things can be done. Let's not wait for someone
else to do the job when we can help ourselves."
here to view current pictures of the school.
by Persatuan Ibu-Bapa Dan Guru, Sekolah Kebangsaan Methodist
Pendaftaran: 170-Selangor), Jalan 5/37, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
(03) 756 5015 Fax: (03) 755 2753
more information and further clarification, please contact
Yusoff Musa at (03) 759 4133, Mr Ken Tan at (012) 297 0583
Ms Pat Lu at (012) 210 4898.