KOTA SAMARAHAN: Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi hopes that Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) will adopt the schools in his constituency and take them under their wing in the name of education.
According to him, the move will not only help spawn more bright academic students in his area but make society more aware of the value of education.
“It would be lovely if Unimas decides to do so, but this is just a suggestion. On behalf of my people, I am willing to discuss this matter further in the future,” he enthused.
Holding Unimas in high esteem, he said the university is certainly the pride of the people of Sarawak and believes that many Sarawakians aspire to study in the institution of higher learning.
Yesterday, a delegation of 43 people, made up of teachers and members of parent-teacher associations from various
schools in Pantai Damai state constituency, paid a visit to the university.
During the visit, they had a meeting at the university’s library to discuss and plan various education-based activities, including future cooperation between the two parties.
After that, they were brought on a guided tour around the campus.
Meanwhile, Unimas assistant registrar of student services Mohd Hambali Tumiran said the university would love to help the people of Pantai Damai and looked forward to work with Dr Abdul Rahman through his education bureau (Biro Pendidikan Pantai Damai) soon.
“We have conducted programmes in the past with people from various areas in Sarawak. Just last year we conducted programmes with the people of Petra Jaya parliamentary area under Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof,” he said.
He said the cooperation with the parliamentary constituency involved giving tuition classes to the people there and hoped Unimas could do the same for Pantai Damai.
Pantai Damai state constituency has three secondary schools and 13 primary schools.