Education has become difficult for some as not all students have access to electronics or the internet. Students from low-income families especially are struggling to keep up with classes during the MCO. However, students in Bukit Mertajam have someone looking out for them.
Bukit Mertajam’s Member of Parliament (MP) Mr. Steven Sim created a program called “Asal Cek Mau Pi Sekolah” to help. The program involves printing homework for free, and giving free laptops/tablets and sim cards for internet connectivity. He isn’t the only one concerned though. Datuk Lee Chong Wei has also involved himself by sponsoring 50 Samsung A8 tablets.
Mr. Steven Sim announced the news happily on Facebook, thanking him for the generous offer. “You really are a hero both on and off the court. Kam siah!” he praised. Apparently, Datuk Lee was quick to call him up after hearing about the program to make the offer. The comments were littered with citizens thanking both Mr. Steven Sim and Datuk Lee for the initiative.
Surprisingly, one party in particular wasn’t pleased. A group of alleged cybertroopers calling themselves “Team Mujahid Cyber” began circulating a poster through Whatsapp that demanded Datuk Lee Chong Wei be stripped of his Datuk-ship. The poster claimed his act of donating the tablets was rude and wondered if he supported DAP as he donated the tablets to the opposition MP.
This left many confused and annoyed that something as heartwarming as helping others was also seen as a political issue. “It’s still darurat (National Emergency) now. Why do they still want to discuss politics,” Twitter user @nabil_jefferson commented.
Admin terima dalam WhatsApp.
Apa masalah mereka ni, Datuk Lee Chong Wei beri pertolongan pun dia nak suruh tarik balik gelaran?
Ini pun jadi isu politik? pic.twitter.com/m6FPwtI6fh
— Konfem Sahih (@KonfemSahih) February 8, 2021
Politics aside, we are truly grateful that MPs like Mr. Sim and Datuk Lee Chong Wei are doing what they can to help those who need it.