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Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff) recently organised its annual ‘Program Melentur Buluh’ at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Segari, as part of its social commitment to help nurture sound values amongst the young students through active participation in community activities.
Organised for the third consecutive year, the event is a CSR initiative organised by the Company under its flagship CSR platform – the Malakoff Community Partnerships. During the employee-driven effort, Malakoff volunteers rallied all 96 enthusiastic students to participate in a ‘gotong-royong’ campaign to liven up the school’s surroundings. Further to this, Malakoff employees refurbished the library into a more vibrant hub of knowledge to encourage active reading habits amongst students.
Speaking about the event, Zainal Abidin Jalil, the Chief Executive Officer of Malakoff said, “In addition to academic excellence, character building and a sense of belonging to the community are important to help shape our young Malaysians who will grow to be the next generation of leaders. The ‘Program Melentur Buluh’ is a platform for us at Malakoff to help inculcate positive values in the early years of these children.”
“I am pleased that our employees have demonstrated a strong volunteerism spirit to expand the programme. We will explore how we can replicate its success at all of our ten adopted schools across Malaysia in the years to come,” he added.
In addition, Malakoff invited Road Traffic Police to educate the students on road safety. The local Fire and Rescue Department also participated in the programme to provide practical demonstration on the importance of fire safety to students.
As one of Malakoff’s ten adopted schools across Malaysia, SK Segari also receives an annual financial grant worth RM20,000 from the Company under the Malakoff Education Fund. This fund enables the Company’s ten adopted schools to be better equipped with learning facilities to ensure academic excellence among students.
Hajah Saadiah Mahmud, Headmistress of SK Segari said, “I am heartened by Malakoff’s genuine interest and deep concern for our students’ well-being. The Company has financially supported our school since 2006 and organised various on-the-ground learning opportunities for our students.”
Visibly proud of her students’ efforts, she added, “I am delighted with my students’ active and enthusiastic involvement to make their school’s environment better. This is the first time a ‘gotong-royong’ was organised and our students have definitely taken away with them some valuable lessons from the event. We hope to continue such efforts in the future for the benefit of our students.”
The first ‘Program Melentur Buluh’ was held in 2011 at SK Andek Mori, Johor. Following its success, Malakoff continued to champion the initiative last year at SK Seri Sinaran Chokoh, Johor.