SIBU: Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew remains committed in helping students from underprivileged families who are facing difficulties due to the pandemic.
He explained that this group should be helped as their parents had their income affected by the pandemic.
He said that some of them live in rented accommodation and with their income affected, it adds more to their worries when they have children who are still in school.
“I was made to understand by the school teachers that some of the parents of their students were affected by this pandemic and desperately needed help.
“We understand and are very sympathetic to this situation and many schools, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have previously informed me about this matter,” he said.
Lau handed out food baskets to 59 students of SK Bandaran Sibu No.2 in a brief ceremony at the school yesterday (Sept 26)
According to the chairman of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Bawang Assan Branch, he has provided the funds for the contribution using his senator’s grant.
“The headmaster and teachers have identified the students to receive this assistance,” he said.
To prevent students or pupils from dropping out due to financial constraints, Lau said that he would work with the school to help identify these students.
“I have informed the school to identify the students involved and collect their names to be given this assistance.
“We hope that their burdens can be eased from this.
“I will use the grant allocated to me as a Member of the Senate to help all these groups in Sibu,” he said.