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Mass circumcisions for 34th year
Published on: Sunday, February 25, 2024
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Mass circumcisions for 34th year
Children being sprayed with water.
PAPAR: The circumcision programme that has been implemented for the past 33 years has benefited 4,864 children in the Pantai Manis state constituency.

Angkatan Hebat Sdn Bhd (AHSB) Chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said the circumcision programme in small groups in 1991 was considered a frivolous programme, before it was made into an annual programme to help less able parents.

“This is the 33rd year it is organised and we only stopped in 2019 because of the different political atmosphere and we continued at the parents’ request.

“This is also an extraordinary touch of love that at first we doubted the results, whether it was successful or not, its effect on the children.

“However, after 33 years, the children have developed into professional figures, academic figures, civil servants of high calibre and so on.

“This is the effect on the local community that started with a programme that is considered to be a frivolous programme but turned out to be beneficial,” he explained to the media during the Pantai Manis constituency level circumcision ceremony here Thursday.

Abdul Rahim said the programme jointly organised by Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan Rakyat) Pantai Manis Division and the Papar Parliament’s Office was launched by Papar Member of Parliament Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali and attended by 120 children aged between nine and 14.

Among those present were District Officer Mohd Fuad Abdullah, Private Secretary to the Domestic Trade Minister Roslie Ibrahim, Pantai Manis Community Development Leader (PPM) Rahman Latif and heads of departments in the district.

Meanwhile, in KOTA KINABALU some 30 children in Kampung Tanjung Aru had been circumcised at a ceremony held recently by the United Brunei Sabah Community Association (PMBS) Tanjung Aru and Putatan Parliamentary Office and Surau Al-Amin Kampung Tanjung Aru Baru.

PMBS Tanjung Aru chairman Pg Alliyudin Pg Ahmad Tajuddin said this could ease the burden on parents in terms of the cost if held alone.

“Because at a time when the cost of living is high, it is very appropriate to hold this ceremony, which is done in groups,” he said.

Pg Alliyudin said the ceremony was recommended as it established Ukhuwah, strengthened friendships and enhance unity among parents and children.

He also said this aligns with the Madani concept, which is to create unity.

During the event, PMBS Tanjung Aru also handed over cash assistance to the Chairman of Surau Al-Amin and the Advisor of Masjid Al-Kauthar Tanjung Aru (MAKTA).

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