Trainee Teachers Experience ‘Money Cannot Buy’ Village Stay In Tuaran

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Two of the female trainees (right) enjoying fresh seafood with their foster family headed by Pacik Asim (with songkok).
Two of the female trainees (right) enjoying fresh seafood with their foster family headed by Pacik Asim (with songkok).

TUARAN – It is important that there be more interaction between the peoples of Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak in order that they understand each other better which helps unity and national integration.

Quoting the Malay proverb “Tak Kenal Maka Tak Cinta” (Don’t know each other, won’t fall in love), Local Government and Housing Minster Datuk Seri Hj Hajiji Hj Noor pointed out that very often misunderstanding arises out of miscommunication or no communication at all.

“In this context, I praise the initiative of the Kent Campus of the Malaysian Teachers Training Institute (IPGM) in organising a two-day Adoption Programme for its trainees at Kampung Lok Nunuk here recently.

Some 53 IPG Kent trainees and 42 foster families were involved in the programme jointly-organised with the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) as well as the Sulaman Assemblyman’s office.

Hajiji who is Sulaman Assemblyman said it was good that the trainees who came from all over the country had a chance to live the lives of the villagers even though it was only for 3 days 2 nights.

“In Sabah, we have more than 40 ethnic and 200 sub-ethnic communities. So it was very opportune that our Sarawakain and Peninsular young people, for that matter Sabahans themselves from other districts, had a chance to be with the villagers even if it was for a short time,” he stressed.

Earlier, in his speech the trainees’ representative Valery Saing anak Edward who is from Sarawak said it was an experience that money could not buy.

“We could experience not only the way of life the villagers, most of all are Bajau Sama fishermen, live but also their food which is fresh seafood cooked the natives’ way,” he said, referring to the coastal fishing village of Lok Nunuk.

Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) chairman Sitarin Hj Jaafar in his speech said humbly that there was not much the villagers could offer the trainee teachers as most of the the villagers are merely fishermen who live simply.

“But if you like our seafood, that is enough to make us happy,” he quipped, thanking IPG for the honour to host the trainee teachers.

Present were IPG Kent director Romli Darus, IPGM Cyberjaya assistant director Puan Nora Ludin and Tuaran JPNIN officer Dusin Gingging, village headman Hj Dawan Daud, Tuaran OCPD as well as Fuad Malek and political secretary Kassim Razali.

Even though it was only for a couple of days, when it was time to say goodbye after the closing ceremony many trainee teachers and their foster families were seen crying.