3 July, KUALA LUMPUR – Mah Sing Foundation (MSF), Mah Sing Group Berhad (Mah Sing) Corporate Responsibility arm, recently collected RM6,000 worth of stationeries for 10 Orang Asli pre-schools located in Pahang, Perak, and Kelantan. This initiative is in collaboration with SUKA Society, in conjunction with the Hari Raya celebration, whereby Mah Sing employees successfully raised the total collection in support of this cause.
Present at the handover of the collected stationaries and cheque ceremony were Mah Sing Group’s Senior General Manager – Strategic Communication, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Ms Lyanna Tew and SUKA Society’s Executive Director, Mr. Anderson Selvasegaram
In the spirit of giving back, MSF continued its commitment to enhance the well-being of underserved children in rural communities by donating RM16,800 for the running of one-pre-school in Kampung Enching, Kelantan. The donation will be used to aid the Orang-Asli pre-schoolers to be well prepared in primary schools. Apart from providing financial assistance to the children, this programme also serves as a sustainable outreach – benefitting the community as the teachers are from the Orang Asli Community.
This initiative is part of the Empowered 2 Teach programme – aimed to empower Orang Asli teachers to serve as catalysts for education and development in their respective villages by providing them with the necessary tools.
Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman, Mah Sing Foundation’s Chairman said, “Our Foundation believe that investment in a better tomorrow can be achieved when every child is provided with the opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential. Through SUKA Society’ Empowered 2 Teach programme, these Orang Asli children will be able to obtain basic literacy and mathematics skills which are very important when they attend Standard One of national primary school as current syllabus assumes that students have it. We are also very thankful to the Mah Sing employees for donating the stationaries which will benefit the 10 Orang Asli pre-schools.”
“Having a partner like Mah Sing Foundation in supporting one of our community pre-school is a tremendous opportunity. Their support ensures that our efforts to help the Orang Asli community in area of education remains sustainable and effective. The end goal is for us to see that the Orang Asli young children in our pre-schools are adequately prepared for primary school education,” said Anderson Selvasegaram, Executive Director of SUKA Society.
SUKA Society is a NGO with no religious or political affiliations. The society was set up in 2010 for the sole purpose of protecting and preserving the best interest of children.
SUKA Society works on the following prospects:-
- Restoring trafficked women and children through its therapeutic programmes at the government protection shelters.
- Advocating for improved treatment of children affected by arrest and detention by initiating alternative to detention programmes.
- Creating greater access to education for Orang Asli children by setting up community pre-schools in remote villages.
- Promote children rights by creating public awareness advocacy tools.
For more information on SUKA Society, please visit their website at www.sukasociety.org and follow Mah Sing Foundation’s Facebook at @mahsingfoundation for the latest information and updates.