Nurul Hafiza Abdul Fattah, a Form Six student of SMK Kampong Pasir Puteh in Lahat recently bought a pre-loved baju kurung for only RM1 at her school’s Butik Kasih.
Butik Kasih was set up by the school’s Bahasa Melayu teacher, Abdul Aziz Zakaria, in hopes to assist less fortunate students in affording good quality clothing and shoes at a low price.
Despite the pre-loved clothes and shoes being sold at prices as low as RM1 at the “bundle shop”, students who still can’t afford it are allowed to take their desired item for free.
Since Hari Raya is a week away, Nurul Hafiza said she might wear her new baju kurung for the occasion since it’s still in good condition.
Speaking to NST, Nurul Hafiza said, “It is indeed a good idea to have the bundle store at the school because it can assist students who wish to get used clothing at the lowest price. You can’t find it anywhere else with such a price.”
Nurul Hafiza also added that she didn’t want to put burden on her parents by asking them to buy new baju kurung since her father works as a gardener and her mother is a housewife. She said,
“I don’t want to burden my parents by asking them to buy new clothes for me because baju kurung can be very pricey these day. My baju kurung may cost RM1 but it means the world to me.
“In fact, all clothes and shoes here are in good condition. I am forever thankful for my teachers here especially Cikgu Azizi who came up with this idea and the teachers here never stop helping us.”
Abdul Aziz said the school had previously gifted school uniforms to poor students and he believed that the gesture should be continued in order to help needy students.
“As a teacher, we are always finding ways to help the students here who mostly come from the B40 group. During this difficult time, there are many of the students’ parents who are affected by Covid-19,” he said adding that the school spent about RM1,000 to renovate the shop, which was previously a recycling area,” he said.
Abdul Aziz who is retiring in June this year is hoping that his last contribution to the school will continue to benefit his students.
The school’s principal, Razak Malek Taharim said the school will continue their mission through WhatsApp and Telegram applications as schools are now closed.
“It will be handled by the school’s Form Six Association here and we hope this initiative will continue despite the school closure,” he said.
Previously, the school had set up a food bank called “Gerobok Rezeki” to also help needy students which was suggested by Adura Mohamed an English teacher.
The food bank was set up after she noticed some students were skipping meals during recess.
When she asked the students whether they had money to buy food at the canteen, most of them would not say anything, prompting the 54-year-old teacher to set up “Gerobok Rezeki”.
To those who are willing to contribute to Butik Kasih and Gerobok Rezeki, you can contact the school at 05-322 5150.