Sultan of Brunei responds to Raya cards from rural pupils
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.