PETALING JAYA: About 130 students from low-income families received new spectacles on Tuesday.
“I’m happy to receive these new spectacles as before this I couldn’t see very clearly in class,” said 11-year-old Chen Shann Bin.
The Standard 5 student, who attends SJK(C) Yuk Chyun, said he previously faced difficulties seeing the writing on the blackboard in class as he sat at the back.
He received a pair of free spectacles from Taman Medan state assemblyperson Haniza Talha at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) multipurpose hall along PJS 1/35.
“During the school holidays, I thought of bringing him to buy spectacles, but then he told me he would be getting it for free,” said Chen’s stay-at-home mother, Siew Yet Yoon.
Chen’s schoolmate, Hozalily Munirah, was also delighted with a new pair of red spectacles which she picked out for herself.
The 11-year-old found out that she needed spectacles during an eye test organised by Haniza at her school late last year.
“Her teacher also knows she can’t see very well in class,” said her mother Zaiton Zakaria, 50, who works as a personal assistant.
Her father, Lazmiho Abdullah, who works as a driver, was surprised to receive the spectacles which he said was of decent quality.
Students from another 18 schools in the area, such as SK Taman Dato Harun (2) and SK Taman Medan also received the free eyewear.
“We have received a lot of requests for new glasses from parents as they find it difficult supporting many children,” said Haniza.
She also invited parents with children who are weak in studies to register with her office for free tuition classes to help them in their UPSR and SPM.
Also present at the event was MBPJ councillor Megat Iskandar Megat Ahmad Sufian.