ACCESS:KPerak Implementation and Coordination Corporation equips 16 students and nine special education classes with a computer each
SOME 16 students were overjoyed to receive computers donated by KPerak Implementation and Coordination Corporation (KPerak) recently.
The presentation was the first phase of its computer aid programme for the poor this year.
Nine more computers were given to the special education classes of SMK Seri Iskandar, SK Kampung Boyan, Taiping, and SK Sultan Idris II, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Kangsar.
The presentation ceremony, held at the Menteri Besar's official residence, was officiated by Welfare Organisation for Perak's Elected Representatives Wives (Baiduri) president Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli.
Also present were KPerak INC acting chief executive officer Saidon Puteh.
Some of the students were represented by their parents.
Recipient Martin Dass, a Form Five student of SMK Sungai Pari, Ipoh, was accompanied by his disabled father, L. Maria Das, 58.
"I had to go to my friend's house to download information. I am happy to finally have my own computer for school projects and lessons," said the teenager, who aspires to be a police officer. He applied for aid from Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan.
Nor Amira Ramli, 16, a science-stream student of SMK Raja Chulan, Ipoh was overjoyed that she need no longer queue up or spend money at cyber cafes to access the Internet.
"I thank the relevant authority for assisting us in applying for the computer," she said.
Anu Pirriya, 22, said: "I am giving the computer to my younger sister in Form Six.
"She needs it more than I. It will be very helpful in her studies," said Anu, who is studying accountancy at Universiti Teknologi Mara in Kuala Lumpur.
Her younger sister Shalini, 18, is studying in SM Sultan Yussuf, Batu Gajah.
In her speech, Saripah remined the recipients not to abuse the computers and to use it to gain knowledge and assistance in their studies.
"We cannot run away from information and communication technology in this age and everyone must be computer-literate," she noted.
According to Saripah, Baiduri also receives applications for computers, some of which were forwarded to KPerak.
Meanwhile, Saidon said some 4,000 computers had been given out since the programme started in 2008.
As of June this year, KPerak had received 30 applications.