Yii reminds students the importance finding their purpose

Yii hitting the gong as symbolic to officiating SMK Pending 2019 Excellence Award ceremony. Also seen is Yong (second left).

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Nov 1: Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii has advised young people to have vision and purpose in life as that will become the guide to lead them in the direction towards their goals.

“As young people, our abilities will be gone to waste if we do not use it to do good things for others. Time is very precious, therefore we must optimise our time.

“Anything that we want to do with the time, we must always ask ourselves whether the activity (will) benefit and add value to our lives,” he told students of SMK Pending when officiating the school’s 2019 Excellence Awards presentation ceremony today.

Yii encouraged the students to always be a daring curious learner and search for the answers in everything that they do.


“We must inculcate the mentality of wanting to know and always be curious in our lives,” he emphasised by quoting renowned physicist Albert Einstein who said ‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its reason for existence.’

He also advised young people to stay humble as character and attitude were part of the foundations on which success was built.

“Even when we have achieved great success in lives, we must always remember our values. Often, people don’t remember you for what you know, but (they) remember you for who you are,” he said.

Stressing the importance of keeping a good physical and mental health even at a young age, he reminded the students that it was perfectly fine not to be okay all the time and to seek help when needed.

“Nowadays, (there are) more and more cases on psychological well-being involving young people in which some even took their own lives.

“I would like to tell everyone (here) that each and every one of you are very valuable. And if you are suffering from depression, which can be difficult to control our emotions or stress, it is ok not to be ok and it is ok to seek for help,” he said.

“There are many (people) around us who care and are willing to help,” he added.

Yii thus hoped the school will continue to collaborate with his office so to provide a more conducive environment for the benefits of both students and teachers.

“So far in the last two years, my office has allocated RM220,000 for various needs including fields (upgrade), repair works, for drainage and roads as well as building of a hall recently,” he disclosed.

He hope the contributions will be motivation for teachers and students to achieve greater success.

“I want us to continue this close relationship so we can do our part to provide the best for our students and teachers,” he added.

SMK Pending principal Yong Ing Thung and the school’s Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) president Lim Kim Hong were present.— DayakDaily