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Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff) recently organised a gotong-royong project at its adopted welfare boarding school, Maahad Tarbiyah Islamiyah Al-Ansar (Al-Ansar), donating RM36950 to help educate the 250 underprivileged students.
Organised for the sixth consecutive year, 30 eager Malakoff employees and their family members rolled up their sleeves to spruce up the premises during the gotong-royong project. To enable students to learn in a more conducive and encouraging environment, the Malakoff team constructed a study gazebo with ample shaded area for the students. Malakoff also upgraded the prayer hall, girls’ dormitory and sanitary facilities at the Al-Ansar.
Speaking about the event, Zainal Abidin Jalil, the Chief Executive Officer of Malakoff said, “Malakoff is a firm advocate of the importance of education in the progress of the community. As such, we have been actively supporting Al-Ansar’s commitment to provide education for the less fortunate through our flagship Corporate Social Responsibility platform – the Malakoff Community Partnerships.”
“I am pleased with the active involvement of our employees and their family members to make this school a better place for the students. We hope with the upgraded infrastructure, children at Al-Ansar are encouraged to learn and excel academically,” he added.
Al-Ansar is a welfare boarding school for orphans and children from underprivileged families, with a total of 270 students this year as compared to 100 in 2002. Al-Ansar provides sponsorship for 60% of its students who are unable to afford their school fees. In view of the increased enrolment, Malakoff has financially assisted Al-Ansar since 2002 to upgrade the school’s academic infrastructure to better accommodate more students and create a condusive learning environment.
Last year, the Company also funded the construction of a multipurpose hall to encourage children to participate in sporting activities such as badminton, futsal, volleyball and sepak takraw. Malakoff also contributed learning resources such as laptops and computers to enhance learning experiences at Al-Ansar.
The school’s headmaster, Ustaz Sazli Ansari said, “We are immensely grateful to Malakoff for their generosity in supporting our efforts to provide better education for the children.”
“We hope more organisations will follow Malakoff's noble example in giving back to the local community and providing a ray of hope to those who are less fortunate,” he added.