I was really sad (and shocked as well..) when I read this news from the local newspapers ~ New Straits Times and Berita Harian last Wednesday (dated 3rd January 2006). I thought this sort of things don't occur nowadays in Malaysia since we are now living in the 21st century. I don't know what is your reaction when u read this :( What are the possiblities that come to your mind when u see this picture?
Two primary school girls in school uniforms holding bamboo lighted with fire as "torch light" walking in the dark, climbing up slopes/hills and walking through rocky surfaces with bare feet.. What could be the possibilities? The answer is something that will never come to my mind till I read this :(
These two school girls are Jalisa Jium, 7 years old, and her elder sister Wendy, 12 years old from Kampung Lutung, Sabah. These two poor school girls have to wake up very early in the morning and starts their journey before dawn as they have to walk 3 km, crossing the steep jungle hills and river.. They walk barefoot and wear no shoes to keep their school shoes clean. Only when they reach the other side of the jungle, they clean their feet (by washing their feet in the river as shown in the picture below) and put on their white socks and shoes. It takes them one hour to walk from their house (which is located in the deep jungle) to reach their school, SK Putaton which is 3 km away from their house. Imagine the long, dark and dangerous route the small school kids have to take everyday to go to school :( I guess most of us are still sleeping soundly on our bed when these school kids start their long journey to school.
There are so many poor people in our country which has to endure and go through so much hardship. This is indeed a sad reality. We really have to appreciate what we have and don't ever take things for granted or spend money unnecessarily or excessively. We are fortunate cos we don't have to endure such hardship to gain knowledge. We have to be grateful for the comforts we have, and things that our parents provide us when we were small. There are lots of people out there who like to complain and grumble over small things and complaining that life is unfair and unjust. They never realised they are lucky and blessed with bundle of blessing. There are so many people out there who are suffering on a daily basis. I guess this will stir up our thoughts and most of us will look at life differently after we read this. And I do really hope the government will do something for the welfare of the poor citizens in the rural area.