Sul­tan of Brunei re­sponds to Raya cards from ru­ral pupils

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Conny Banji re­[email protected]­bor­neo­

SIBU: Seven­teen pupils of SK Kuala Pel­u­gau in Se­lan­gau did not think much of it when they were as­signed to make Hari Raya greet­ing cards in class.

ThePri­ma­ry5pupils,af­ter­hav­ing drawn­their­cre­ativedesign­son­toA4 pa­pers us­ing only coloured pen­cils, thought of mail­ing the cards to Brunei Sul­tan Has­sanal Bolkiah – which they did on June 30.

Lit­tle did they ex­pect that the sul­tan him­self would re­ply to each of them.

“It was the first time that my pupils sent any greet­ing card to a world leader,” SK Kuala Pel­u­gau head­mas­ter Sang­gau Ruma told The Bor­neo Post via WhatsApp yes­ter­day, adding that the chil­dren re­ceived the Brunei- stamped let­ters last Fri­day.

The story about the pupils re­ceiv­ing Hari Raya cards from the Sul­tan of Brunei was shared on a lo­cal we­blog ‘Bor­neo Di­hati’.

The post­ing has gone vi­ral since.

Ac­cord­ing to Sang­gau, the class teacher gave an as­sign­ment to the pupils where they needed to cre­ate Hari Raya greet­ing cards.

The les­son was meant for them to think out­side the box, in that they were told to ap­ply what they had learned in and out­side school.

“The teacher showed them ways to do the cards – af­ter all, it was the fast­ing month.

“( It) turned out that the pupils ac­tu­ally mailed their cards to the sul­tan,” he said.

Sang­gau was happy to see how ex­cited the pupils were upon re­ceiv­ing the royal cards – each came with a Hari Raya Aidil­fitri word­ing em­bossed in gold on the en­ve­lope, along with the stamp that bore the photo of Sul­tan Has­sanal Bolkiah.

“Now, out­side com­mu­ni­ties know the ex­is­tence of SK Kuala Pel­u­gau.

“We’re very proud to have re­ceived the re­ply from a world leader like the Sul­tan of Brunei, who cares for com­mon­ers like us in the ru­ral ar­eas,” he said.

SK Kuala Pel­u­gau, which houses 107 pupils, is lo­cated about 100km from this town.

It was the first time that my pupils sent any greet­ing card to a world leader. Sang­gau Rum, SK Kuala Pel­u­gau head­mas­ter

The pupils proudly show­ing the greet­ing cards they re­ceived from Sul­tan of Brunei.

The sim­ple Hari Raya greet­ing cards made by the Pri­mary 5 pupils of SK Kuala Pel­u­gau, which they mailed to Brunei late June.

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