Saturday, November 13, 2010

Words of wisdom from Adenan

Friday, 12 November 2010 13:28

KUCHING: “Thrown into the sea, be an island, thrown on the land, be a mountain, thrown into the sky, be a star.” This is the old proverb which Special Advisor in the Chief Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan Satem used to advise pupils of SK Matang Jaya at the school’s excellence awards presentation held at the Banquet Hall of the State Legislative Assembly in Petra Jaya here, yesterday.

Adenan explained to the pupils that if they were really smart enough, wherever they were placed in life they would be useful.

He also advised them to study hard and always aim to be useful persons in the society.

“This should be our main aim in life - to become somebody useful,” he stressed.

Adenan also advised the parents to take their children’s education seriously, while reminding them that they play a very important role in the success of the children’s education.

According to him, his own mother played a very important role in his early education.

“I owe my success in education to my mother. Although she was illiterate she wanted to see her children succeed in their studies,” he said.

He advised the pupils to equip themselves with knowledge and skills so as to be prepared to face the challenges in life.

Stressing the importance of education in this sophisticated 21st century, Adenan said those who lack in education would be left behind.

In his speech earlier, the headmaster of SK Matang, Sharkawi Annuar said the school with a student enrollment of 1,194 is one of the biggest primary schools in the city.

“The UPSR results of the school are improving every year. The rate of passes in this year’s UPSR is 80.84 percent with 26 students obtaining 6As, 25 obtaining 4As and 1B and another 24 obtaining 3As.

Adenan, who is also Chairman of Yayasan Sarawak, said the foundation would adopt the school on condition that the academic results of the students continue to be excellent.

He also announced a contribution of RM30,000 from Yayasan Sarawak for improvements to the school hall.

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