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19/09: One school uniform for a whole week

Category: General

Posted by: Raja Petra

Borneo Post
Penan student lives with bare necessities at boarding school; some stop studying due to ‘hurtful’ teasingKUCHING: Every school day, 13-year-old Wendy Musa wears the same uniform which she washes once a week.

Even if it smells, she still has to wear it till Friday afternoon before she can do her laundry.

This is because she has no spare and her single mother cannot afford to buy her another.

This Penan girl from Ba’ Abang, Ulu Baram, Miri Division, aspires to be a teacher but is uncertain of her future because she doesn’t know how long her mother can continue supporting her in secondary school.

This teenager is the eldest in a family of six siblings and her mother has no other source of income to support the family except self-sufficient farming.

“My mum is jobless and had to ask my uncle for some money to meet my schooling needs early this year.

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