2,800 pupils get hygiene kits, school supplies

Zulaihi (left) and senior general manager of Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd-Sarawak Oil Division (second left) handing over school essentials to one of the representatives from the District Education Office in Miri.

KUCHING: Some 2,800 pupils from 30 primary schools in Sarawak have received personal hygiene kits and school supplies from Yayasan Petronas under the foundation’s Back to School 2021 (BTS 2021) programme.

These items were distributed to 13 primary schools in Bintulu on Friday (March 19) and to 17 primary schools in Miri on Tuesday (March 16) by Petronas subsidiary companies Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd-Sarawak Oil, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd-Sarawak Gas, Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd, and Asean Bintulu Fertilizer Sdn Bhd.

The students each received two three-layer reusable face masks, a small towel, a box of paper soap, a school bag, a tumbler, a student activity notebook, a pencil case, and stationery items, as well as two sets of school uniforms and a pair of socks and shoes.

The student activity notebook includes several simple science experiments on personal hygiene, health infographics, and stickers designed to spark interest and understanding in science in relation to real life.

Petronas Sarawak general manager Zulaihi Mantali said this was their largest nationwide outreach since the programme started 18 years ago.

“We are glad to assist 2,800 students in their preparation for this school year. We hope this contribution will help ease the burden of underprivileged families.

“On top of that, we took additional steps this year by providing personal hygiene kits so the students can stay safe and get more accustomed to the new normal.” For this year, 21,000 students across Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu will benefit from the BTS 2021 programme, which runs from March 8 to 24.