Sarawak student chapter to learn from Belait community outreach centres
THE Humanitarian Affairs Curtin Sarawak (HACS) student chapter are in the sultanate for their first visit where they are looking to learn from Belait’s social and community outreach centres.
The group of 14 are being led by 21-year-old Bruneian Nurul Qamariyyah Hj Abdul Wahab for their four day visit, where they will visit Pusat Bahagia Eric Goh, Seria’s old folk’s home and Labi's Mendaram Longhouse located inner, rural Belait.
During their introductory visit yesterday at the residence of Belait district legislative council representative Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad, Nurul Qamariyyah said that their programme, titled ‘Building Brunei’, was aimed at engaging foreign communities on the ground.
“Only two of us are from Brunei, and the rest are from different states in Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia. So we are here to learn about the different community groups and culture,” said Nurul Qamariyyah.
After their visit concludes, participants are expected to fill in a survey providing feedback of the interactions and activities they participated, which will be submitted to HACS to be used a gauge for future programmes.
“The survey will be valuable in measuring how much participants gained from the visit, and whether further activities should be developed and if trips should be made to the same place in the future,” said Nurul Qamariyyah, who is in her second year of her Entrepreneurship and Marketing degree.
Malaysian mechanical engineering student Haniff Ahmad Shah said that he was impressed by YB Shafiee’s briefing on the historical background of Lumut, the national philosophy of Malay Muslim Monarchy and the challenges the nation faces.
“He was very experienced and detailed in his explanations. We took home a lot on Brunei's culture and history,” said the 22-year-old Johor native.
Mass communication and public relations student Sufrina Sufian from Sabah said since HACS has organised visits to regional destination outside Sarawak since it was established two years ago, visiting Brunei was a natural choice.
“Although there are some similarities (between Miri and Brunei) there are also differences. We have heard a lot about Brunei, so I joined this trip (with my friends) to engage in the community development programmes,” said the 22-year-old. The group will visit Pusat Bahagia Eric Goh and the Seria old folk’s home tomorrow before making the trip to Labi for a night’s stay at the Mendaram Longhouse.
The Brunei Times