Students help paint homes in time for Hari Raya

Student volunteers - (from far left) Amirul Muliantoh, 14, Quek Xin Hui, 14, and Justin Ong, 15 - from Clementi Town Secondary School spent yesterday morning painting the homes of underprivileged residents in Bukit Batok East.
Student volunteers - (from far left) Amirul Muliantoh, 14, Quek Xin Hui, 14, and Justin Ong, 15 - from Clementi Town Secondary School spent yesterday morning painting the homes of underprivileged residents in Bukit Batok East.ST PHOTO: SEAN LIM

For years, Mr Zainudin Mohamed, 50, who is unemployed, celebrated Hari Raya Puasa in his three-room Bukit Batok East flat with grimy walls.

This year, however, the festivities will be held against the backdrop of clean walls covered with a new coat of white paint. This is thanks to efforts by student councillors from Clementi Town Secondary School.

The 41 student leaders helped to paint the homes of five underprivileged Muslim households in the Bukit Batok East constituency yesterday as part of a youth-driven community service project by the People's Association.

The five families were identified through house visits by Madam Rahayu Mahzam, MP for the ward in Jurong GRC.

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Mr Jerome Chee, constituency manager for Bukit Batok East ward, said the painting materials were sponsored by various stakeholders, such as Everpaint Enterprise and Egrade Contractor. The total value of the resources was about $1,500.

Student council president Quek Xin Hui, 14, who painted a unit in Block 240, said: "This is a great platform for us to understand that there are underprivileged people around us, and we should use such community work to help them."

IN TOUCH WITH COMMUNITY

This is a great platform for us to understand that there are underprivileged people around us, and we should use such community work to help them.

STUDENT QUEK XIN HUI

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2017, with the headline 'Students help paint homes in time for Hari Raya'. Print Edition | Subscribe