SMARTER gets new playground

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MINISTER of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof yesterday officiated the opening of the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Kids Playground at the SMARTER EDGE Centre at Kg Perpindahan Mata-Mata.

Also present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Permanent Secretaries at MCYS Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil and Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

The $20,000 playground was sponsored by CHEC, the Chinese firm behind the construction of the bridge linking Brunei’s mainland to Pulau Muara Besar (PMB).

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Yao Di who is the project director of the CHEC PMB project, said he hopes students at the Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) can benefit from the new play area.

“When we first visited the centre, it had very little space for the children to play so we thought why not contribute and make it more comfortable for the students,” he said.

CHEC also built a sheltered walkway from the classrooms to the play area.

SMARTER President Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman thanked the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and MCYS for their support.

He called on the public to assist them in raising awareness on individuals with autism and their acceptance.

“We need the (public’s) help by being advocates of individuals with autism to ensure that they are not unfairly discriminated against their rights as people with disabilities, as well as citizens,” he said.

Malai Hj Abdullah also called for the public’s support for SMARTER’s sixth garage sale which is slated to take place on November 5 and 6.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the MCYS minister signed the commemorative plaque together with the CHEC PMB project director.

The minister also took time to mingle with the students at SMARTER and toured the new play area.

The Brunei Times