"I don't mind the colour, I still like it," said the eight-year-old, adding that he will bring the bag to school when it re-opens.
Muhd Ismail, who was accompanied by his father Corporal Mukri Mat Zain, was among 100 children of policemen and policewomen to receive the free schoolbags during a ceremony held at the Kota Kinabau police headquarters, here, Saturday.
The free bags were made available thanks to the corporate social responsibility jointly initiated by the Malaysia Ex-Police Association and Tronuexus Global Sdn Bhd a subsidiary of Talk Focus Sdn Bhd, represented by its President Dato Sri Dr Eric Yap.
"I thank Dr Yap for extending the corporate social responsibility not only to the association, but also to children of men and women in the police force starting with Kota Kinabalu," said Malaysia Ex-Police Association President Prof. Dato' Dr Hassan Yussof.
He said the free schoolbag programme will also be held in police contingents across the country in due time.
He said they decided to pick Kota Kinabalu as the first place to hold the programme in conjunction with the opening of its branch in the city and also because 60 per cent of Tronexus users are from Sabah.
"I hope more companies will do their part in helping people across the country through their corporate social responsibility programmes," he said.
He also said there are plans to transform the association's image towards modernisation beginning with a big roadshow to trace 142,000 members across the country and also encourage ex-policemen and women to register as members.
Meanwhile, City Police Chief ACP M. Chandra thanked the association and Tronexus for picking Kota Kinabalu for its inaugural corporate social responsibility programme. - Sherell Ann Jeffrey