SHAH ALAM: The school holiday has just started but play is the last thing on Muhammad Amir Shakir's mind.
The soon to be Year 6 pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Jawa is determined to use his free time to gear up for next year's Primary School Assessment Report (PSAR).
Being one of the 800 pupils to receive schooling essentials from Shah Alam Umno Youth division has further boosted Amir's motivation to excel in the PSAR.
The shy Amir received a school bag, and a pair of shoes and socks from Shah Alam Umno Youth chief Datuk Ahmad Mua'adzam Shah Ya'akop at the Schooling Aid Essentials 2018 programme held at Anggerik Mall on Sunday.
Amir said he was happy when he was told that he has been selected as one of the beneficiaries recently.
"My new school bag and shoes are nice. I am excited to go back to school in January. This motivates me to study harder and do well in my studies next year. That will be my way of thanking those who have helped me with these schooling necessities," said Amir.
Amir's mother Junaini Mohd Faisal said she was grateful for the assistance which greatly helped ease her financial burden.
The 37-year-old mother of five said aside from Amir, she has three more school-going children.
"I get to save at least RM200 after Amir received his schooling necessities. I can use the extra money for buy schooling items for my other children," she said.
Meanwhile, Mua'adzam said the programme, which is in its fifth year, is a tradition of the Shah Alam Umno Youth division under its Educare sector.
A total of 800 pupils, whose parents are below 40 years of age and earning a combined household income of less than RM3,000 benefitted from the programme, he said.
"The pupils are from over 20 primary schools in the Shah Alam parliamentary constituency. We work closely with the schools to obtain data on pupils that truly need the assistance and ensure no underprivileged children are left behind.
"We offer the aid regardless of their parents' political inclination because we put priority on the importance of education for children and to assist those who are needy," said Mua'adzam.
He added that this time around, his committee and friends have also contributed in providing the schooling necessities.
Mua'adzam hoped more contributions will pour in as they want to help more pupils in the future.