Hero teacher: Help my students, not me
Messages pour in for educator who travels 130km daily to teach Orang Asli pupils
T.N. ALAGESH KUANTAN firstname.lastname@example.org
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