Fostering community ties
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”