TIMELY ASSISTANCE: SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Long will use the RM200,000 to equip its new multipurpose hall
THANKS to the efforts of its Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Long has received RM200,000 from the Implementation Coordination Unit of the Prime Minister's Department.
The money is to be used to equip the school's new multipurpose hall with air conditioners, toilets and other facilities.
Dusun Tua assemblyman Ismail Sani handed the cheque to the school's PTA president Dr Kamaruzaman Mohd Shariff recently.
The PTA had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the aid when he visited the school after attending a groundbreaking ceremony at a nearby Chinese school.
Ismail said the hall would benefit the school and the Bandar Sungai Long community.
"There is no other hall like this in the area so it can be used as a function hall for weddings and open house functions for a minimal fee," said Ismail.
"It was fortunate that the prime minister dropped by to see the school after the groundbreaking ceremony of the Chinese school."
Kamaruzaman thanked the prime minister for considering the school's needs.
"We will try to equip the hall with air conditioners as soon as possible so that our SPM candidates can sit for their exams in comfort."
The school opened 10 years ago. Students had been sitting for the major examinations in the classrooms.
Kamaruzaman also thanked and congratulated the teachers, parents and students for raising RM350,000 through a jogathon and a carnival to build the hall earlier this year.
The school's acting principal Rahimah Abd Rahim said the school's 3,027 students could now assemble indoors inside the new hall.
With the increasing number of students each year, a hall was not the only problem faced by the school. It also needed more classrooms.
As a result, the school field has become smaller as cabins had to be built to serve as additional classrooms. Science labs and workshops also had to be converted into classrooms.
"We need more schools in this district, especially with more families moving into the new housing areas around here," Ismail said.
"There is a plot in Bandar Mahkota Cheras. If a school is built there, the existing schools will be less crowded."
There are only three schools catering to the area's 30 housing estates.