Instill volunteerism among the young

Chong cleans up part of the school compound.

KUCHING: The spirit of community service and volunteerism must be instilled among the younger generation. 

Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen noted that fewer young people were involved in voluntary works compared to the older generation.

“I think in this modern era, the community and volunteerism spirit is diminishing. Everybody is busy doing their own work,” he said during a gotong-royong programme at SK RPR Batu Kawa yesterday. 

Chong said gotong-royong in schools is a good example of promoting community spirit as teachers, students and their parents could come together to beautify the school. 

“A school is not only for students to gain knowledge, but also a place where they learn to work with each other,” he said. 

He added through such gotong-royong activities, closer ties are fostered among the teachers and parents. 

“Most importantly is the unity that we have. With unity, we can resolve and overcome a lot of problems that surface from time to time,” he said. 

He commended the school and its Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) for organising the meaningful activity. 

More than 200 teachers, parents and students took part in the one-day programme. 
Chong spent more than one hour at the school and also joined in cleaning the school compound and also filled holes with cement at one of the classroom’s floor. 

Also present were SK RPR Batu Kawa principal Ishak Dahlan and PIBG president Musa Isa. 

Chong cleans up part of the school compound.