Petronas spreads the festive spirit

KOTA KINABALU - Twelve-year-old Richille Edward thinks it is cool to be an engineer as he could then earn lots of money to buy all the Christmas presents he wants.

In the meantime, he is happy to go on shopping sprees sponsored by well-wishers who go all the way to bring the annual cheer to children from poor families like him.

"I am so happy as I am getting more presents this year.

"I am getting new clothes and, maybe, a pair of new shoes," he said.

Richille was one of 50 children from poor families from Sipitang, near here, who were given a Christmas shopping treat by national oil and gas company Petronas at the Suria Sabah shopping mall here yesterday.

The children, aged six to 12, were each given the opportunity to buy new attire and clothes worth RM100 (S$38.70).

"Usually, I get to buy only a thing or two and there were times when there was nothing for Christmas.

"But today, I can buy many new clothes - all thanks to Petronas," said Richille, when met while he was shopping.

Delighted with the prospect of more presents to come in future, he said: "I want to be an engineer when I grow up so that I can have money to buy all the presents I want."

For Cyryllyn Kasilus, another sparkling 12-year-old, it was her first Christmas shopping experience with friends.

"I never knew Christmas shopping could be so much fun, especially when I can buy more than one thing," she said.

The Christmas shopping treat was organised under the Petronas Sentuhan Kasih programme for the company and its staff to reach out to the less fortunate.

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