OVER 13,000 STUDENTS RECEIVES BACK-TO-SCHOOL ESSENTIALS FROM UEM GROUP
39 Locations and RM3 Million Invested in 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 January – To ease the burden of the country’s underprivileged, UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group) and its subsidiary companies provided back-to-school essential items to more than 13,000 students nationwide as they enter 2017 school term.
Students from 39 locations throughout Malaysia including flood affected states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Sabah received the assistance made-up of two pairs of school uniforms, shoes, school bags and stationeries worth RM3 million.
“The UEM Back-to-School programme is one of our flagship Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiative which started in 2013. Since then, we have provided to some 40,000 students and invested over RM8.5 million,” said Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group.
“We understand and empathize the plight of parents especially those from the lower income group. I hope our assistance will lessen some of their financial burden, bring cheer to the students and have them excited to go to school.”
Dato’ Izzaddin added the UEM Back-to-School programme reinforces its corporate social investment efforts via education-focused community outreach programmes undertaken by the engineering-based infrastructure and services group and its subsidiaries namely PLUS Malaysia Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad; Cement Industries of Malaysia Berhad; and UEM Edgenta Berhad.
Other education-focused initiatives include tuition programme; school adoption programme with PINTAR Foundation; and mentoring students from several lower-band schools on coding, circuitry as well as robotics. UEM Group also supports Yayasan Amir trust school programme, provide scholarships for students to continue their education in universities as well as offer study grant for children of its employees.
“I’ve always believed that education helps to create ladders of opportunity and is the catalyst for upward social mobility. Having said this, we will continue to refine and expand our CR initiatives as well as support other key education-based activities that would assist in developing Malaysia’s future human capital,” added Dato’ Izzaddin.