Hero teacher: Help my stu­dents, not me

Mes­sages pour in for ed­u­ca­tor who trav­els 130km daily to teach Orang Asli pupils

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

T.N. ALAGESH KUANTAN alagesh@nst.com.my

TEACHER Ah­mad Saidin Mohd Idris has emerged as an overnight In­ter­net sen­sa­tion af­ter an ar­ti­cle about him rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle 130km daily to teach at SK Len­jang, Lipis, was pub­lished on­line on Tues­day.

Ne­ti­zens from all walks of life were abuzz on so­cial media, post­ing heart­warm­ing mes­sages, with many call­ing Saidin a hero for over­com­ing ad­ver­sity to ful­fil his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to teach his 400odd Orang Asli pupils at the school.

Some were even pre­pared to go the ex­tra mile and or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing cam­paign to as­sist the 40-year-old to travel us­ing a much safer mode of trans­port and re­duce his bur­den of pay­ing for petrol.

Saidin was over­whelmed by the mes­sages and wishes he re­ceived on Face­book yes­ter­day, and was touched by all the kind words.

He said they would mo­ti­vate him to per­form bet­ter and bring the best out of the Orang Asli chil­dren, who could ex­cel in their stud­ies if they re­ceived proper tute­lage and fa­cil­i­ties.

“This has cer­tainly made my Teach­ers Day ex­tra spe­cial. It is not just for me — the in­spir­ing words (on so­cial media) are for those in the teach­ing pro­fes­sion,” he said, adding that since he had a fam­ily, he pref­ered to stay in Kuala Medang, Lipis, and travel to school daily.

While Ne­ti­zens were pre­pared

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