TEACHER’S FAME PUTS SCHOOL IN SPOT­LIGHT

Well-wish­ers of­fer help, aid af­ter Saidin’s story went vi­ral

New Straits Times - - News -

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

UN­PER­TURBED by the in­stant fame he earned af­ter an ar­ti­cle about him rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle 130km to school ev­ery­day went vi­ral on Tues­day, teacher Ah­mad Saidin Mohd Idris is grate­ful that the Orang Asli com­mu­nity in Pos Len­jang can look for­ward to bet­ter times.

While the New Straits Times ar­ti­cle show­ing Saidin rid­ing through a muddy road has made the 40-year-old fa­mous, it has also put SK Len­jang in the spot­light with well-wish­ers of­fer­ing their as­sis­tance.

Saidin, who was posted to the school in 2013, said he was “shocked and de­lighted” with the sud­den fame, as many peo­ple had called to ask how they could help him, the teach­ers and the stu­dents.

“It’s like a dream but I will con­tinue to per­form my du­ties as a teacher. I never ex­pected the news to gain such pop­u­lar­ity but I am glad that peo­ple are promis­ing aid to bring im­prove­ments to SK Len­jang.

“Sev­eral peo­ple have con­tacted me to of­fer their as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing do­na­tions and school items.

“Some vol­un­teered to come to the school to con­duct pro­grammes with the stu­dents and Orang Asli,” he said yes­ter­day.

Saidin said it would be good if those who wished to help could drop by SK Len­jang so that they could see for them­selves and de­cide what was the best thing to do.

“I know it is quite a dis­tance to reach the school.

“How­ever, I be­lieve once the road is re­paired, ev­ery­thing will fall into place as it will be eas­ier for mo­torists to travel to Pos Len­jang.”

Mean­while, Good Sa­mar­i­tans, af­ter read­ing about the chal­lenges that Saidin ex­pe­ri­ences daily, have taken the ini­tia­tive to carry out fundrais­ing drives.

Soft­ware de­vel­oper Hazim Nordin, who launched an on­line crowd­fund­ing cam­paign on Thurs­day, with a tar­get of col­lect­ing US$2,500 (RM10,000) within a month to buy a scram­bler, yes­ter­day saw his ef­fort pay off with a to­tal col­lec­tion at US$2,756 (RM11,900).

Mean­while, Sim­plyGiv­ing, the lead­ing crowd­fund­ing plat­form in Malaysia, has started a crowd­fund­ing site.

A com­pany lo­cated in Bukit Je­lu­tong, Shah Alam, has ex­pressed its in­ter­est to reach out to Saidin and or­gan­ise an event at the school.

PIC BY NAZIRUL ROSELAN

The pic­ture of Ah­mad Saidin Mohd Idris rid­ing through a muddy road to reach SK Len­jang in Kuala Lipis has earned him in­stant fame.

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