In the areas we operate, we are always ready to be a good neighbour and lend a helping hand to the community. For us, it is about improving lives, meeting their needs, opening doors and building meaningful long-term relationship with them, one community at a time.
Good intentions should be translated into tangible actions. We encourage and provide platform for our employees to spread kindness and compassion. Our volunteering programme was established in 2006 and it allows our employees to contribute their time, skills and efforts to the communities.
With over 700 registered UEM Alert Volunteers we have to date, we are ever ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work in assisting the underprivileged community.
In December 2014, we were the first to arrive and provide provisions to flood victims in Tanah Merah, Kelantan. In 2020 with COVID-19 pandemic gripping Malaysia, we contributed much needed medical equipment and supplies to various hospitals. We also provided humanitarian aid to hospitals, various organisations, universities and the underprivileged community nationwide.
We have and will continue to show courage, tenacity and empathy to do what it takes to deliver relief supplies, undertake clean-up efforts and rehabilitation assistance in the wake of national emergencies.
Some diseases take not only physical toll on the patients but also their finances due to the cost of treatment and medication. There is only so much that can be done due to one's financial constraints, especially if one is an underprivileged patient.
Known as Yayasan UEM Medical Assistance Programme, we provide financial contribution to Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM, University Malaya Medical Centre and Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia to partly cover the cost of treatment, medication as well as medical equipment catering to underprivileged patients.
We also understand an underprivileged family may not be able to afford regular eye checks and prescription glasses, and it is with this in mind we decided to offer complimentary eye checks to school-going children and for those who require prescription glasses, one is provided courtesy of Yayasan UEM.
There is a story behind each and every residents of old folks' care centers, orphanages and shelter homes. We believe an act of generosity can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
It is on this premise that we aspire to create a home away from home for them. Several renovation works have been undertaken at selected underprivileged community centers to improve their living conditions. Our volunteers also spend time interacting with them especially during festive seasons, in the hope of leaving behind good memories they will cherish forever.
Development must be balanced with environmental conservation. SIREH Park, the 343 acres of hilly area and green-lung in Iskandar Puteri was developed by UEM Sunrise for this purpose.
This world-class sustainable heritage and urban forest park transcends beyond merely a fresh green space for the community to enjoy and experience. It is a sanctuary designed to promote appreciation of the natural environment and become the centre-point for various initiatives meant to foster closer interaction within the community.
Financial struggle amongst university students is real. Cost of living is an issue faced by many students especially those from low income families. In addressing their plight and to alleviate their financial burden, we introduced the Yayasan UEM Student Aid Programme in 2019 where we provide cash assistance to university students from underprivileged background studying at selected public universities in Malaysia. To date, 857 university students from 8 local universities are recipients of this initiative.