Fos­ter­ing com­mu­nity ties

New Straits Times - - Higher ED - ROZANA SANI rsani@nst.com.my

THE First Res­i­den­tial Col­lege of the Univer­sity of Malaya, also known as Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Res­i­den­tial Col­lege (As­tar), re­cently held a foster fam­ily pro­gramme un­der its an­nual Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Op­er­a­tions Project (Operasi Khid­mat Masyarakat - OPKIM) in the Kuala Se­lan­gor dis­trict in Se­lan­gor.

Or­gan­ised by As­tar’s so­cial wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, the pro­gramme saw the in­volve­ment of 51 students in a three-day pro­gramme cov­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties in five vil­lages — Kam­pung Sun­gai Sem­bi­lang, Kam­pung Sim­pang Tiga Jeram, Kam­pung Tam­bak Jawa, Pekan Jeram and Kam­pung Sun­gai Bu­loh.

The pa­tron of OPKIM this year is Lem­baga Ke­ma­juan Ikan Malaysia (Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Malaysia) chair­man Datuk Seri Dr Ir­mo­hizam Ibrahim while the head of the project is se­cond-year phar­macy stu­dent Lai Jet Ni with Univer­sity of Malaya as­sis­tant reg­is­trar Eli Yanti Khalid as ad­vi­sor fel­low.

The pro­gramme be­gan with students be­ing as­signed to their re­spec­tive foster fam­ily from one of the five vil­lages in a cer­e­mony of­fi­ci­ated by Ir­mo­hizam, with each fam­ily tak­ing in up to four students who would stay with them dur­ing the pro­gramme.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the students to­gether with their fam­i­lies had a “go­tong-roy­ong” spruc­ing up a va­ri­ety of fa­cil­i­ties in the re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments pre­pared by the fam­i­lies.

The next day, the students and their foster fam­i­lies got up early for a sports and re­cre­ation ses­sion at the Kam­pung Tam­bak Jawa field. In the af­tern­non, students at each vil­lage or­gan­ised med­i­cal check-ups for the residents and gave out pam­phlets to an­nounce a “kenduri” that was to be held at the Pan­tai Jeram surau later that evening.

On the last day, Kar­ni­val Kuala Se­lan­gor was held at the same venue which saw free bone den­sity tests for vis­i­tors cour­tesy of An-

We hope to con­tinue to strengthen the re­la­tion­ship es­tab­lished and that vil­lages con­tinue to main­tain the serene and peace­ful at­mos­phere”

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