November 10, Kuala Lumpur – Mah Sing Foundation etched a new milestone in its history by unveiling the Foundation’s new logo, vision and mission as well as three (3) key pillars that will be the driving force for its forthcoming charitable efforts during its annual charity night.
Community Development – RM1million for Baiti Jannati@Wilayah Persekutuan, mock key handover at The King’s Ramah Mesra Bersama Rakyat
A day earlier, Mah Sing Group Berhad’s Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Ho Hon Sang had accompanied His Majesty Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V, the Minister of Federal Territories, YB Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor and Badan Amal Kasih Ibu Wilayah Persekutuan’s President, Datin Seri Utama Datuk Anggraini Sentiyaki in a key-handover ceremony at Perumahan Awam Desa Rejang, Taman Setapak Jaya where 12 families received new homes.
Mah Sing Foundation had contributed RM1million to Badan Amal Kasih Ibu to support the Baiti Jannati@Wilayah Persekutuan programme and handed over new homes to 10 families during Deepavali. Baiti Jannati provides low-income families in Projek Perumahan Rakyat and Perumahan Awam Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur with better living standards by refurbishing their homes with necessary living essentials and assist in settling the housing repayment loans of selected families.
Education – RM1million for Tzu Chi International School, trilingual education for all races, religions and differing backgrounds
Mah Sing Foundation also contributed RM1million to Yayasan Pendidikan Tzu Chi Malaysia which will be used to develop the Tzu Chi International School in Kuala Lumpur. The school is expected to welcome a first intake of 600 students upon completion in 2020. Mah Sing Foundation’s Chairman, Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman bin Syed Kamarulzaman said, “We are proud to support this cause because besides academic results, humanitarian values will be taught as well. Furthermore, enrolment is opened to all races, religions and differing backgrounds, and the school will provide trilingual education in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.”
RM500,000 flood relief for Penang, Mah Sing volunteers distributes aid on the ground
The severe floods which took place in Penang was the worst in recent memory. Mah Sing’s Group Managing Director, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum said, “Our first concern upon hearing the news was to check on the safety of all our staff and their families in Penang, and the second was to think of how we could help the worst hit communities there. Mah Sing Foundation is pledging RM500,000 to give immediate aid to those affected.”
Mah Sing Group also took the initiative to help victims as a team of 25 Mah Sing’s staffs and a group of volunteers distributed flood relief items in Bukit Mertajam which was badly affected by the flood. The Mah Sing team spent a whole day packing gloves, pails, mops, cleaning hoses, brooms, cleaning detergents, garbage bags and also household items such as mattresses, pillows bedsheets and blankets. They visited house-to-house with a lorry in tow to distribute the bulkier items like mattresses, pillows bedsheets and blankets.
100 families in Bukit Mertajam received cleaning supplies and household items such as mattresses. This will be followed by aid distribution to other areas such as Butterworth and the island’s Jalan Zoo and Sungai Dua, which has been badly hit.
Guest of honour during the charity night was Minister of Federal Territories, YB Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor who was represented by Deputy Minister of Federal Territories, YB Senator Dato’ Dr. Loga Bala Mohan. Also in attendance were Mah Sing’s Group Managing Director, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum and Mah Sing Foundation’s Chairman, Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman bin Syed Kamarulzaman.
Mah Sing Foundation successfully raised RM6.3million throughout 2017 thanks to the generous donations from individuals and corporations.
Mah Sing Foundation’s new vision: Reinventing hope, creating lasting change in children’s lives
In line with Mah Sing Group’s corporate branding transformation back in February 2017, Mah Sing Foundation followed suit in transforming its logo by incorporating its three (3) new key pillars into the logo’s design.
Mah Sing’s Director of Group Strategy and Operations, Jane Leong shared, “Tonight, we celebrate Mah Sing Foundation’s first step into its evolutionary phase. With the unveiling of our new logo and 3 key pillars, we also have our new vision; Reinventing hope, creating lasting change in children’s lives. To help us achieve this, Mah Sing Foundation aims to work closely with parents, families and communities to have a lasting change and sustainability in the lives of children.”
YB Senator Dato’ Dr. Loga Bala Mohan shared that, “Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR initiatives are not just about making donations, but being involved in the community and listening to what the people need. I am glad to see industry leaders such as Mah Sing taking the lead and making huge efforts in giving back to the community. It is commendable that they have taken swift action to go to the aid of fellow Malaysians who are in affected by the floods in Penang, and we urge individuals and corporations to follow suit.”
Mah Sing Foundation’s main goal is to enhance lives of the children as well as their surrounding communities. Mah Sing Foundation’s Chairman Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman shared, “Mah Sing Foundation believes in investing in a better tomorrow, which we can achieve when every child is provided with the opportunity to thrive and fulfill their potential. Besides what we have done to aid purposeful programmes, we want to work with partners such as Yayasan Generasi Gemilang, whose goals to help children are in line with ours.”
Mah Sing Foundation’s Three Pillars: Education, Health & Wellbeing and Community Development
Mah Sing Foundation’s new three pillars will streamline Mah Sing Foundation’s future charitable efforts. The Foundation has already implemented these pillars in a number of its causes in 2017.
Mah Sing Foundation believes that education is the right of every child and empowering children with knowledge and lifelong learning will present them with limitless opportunities in the world. Hence, education forms one of the key pillars as the Foundation continues its efforts to help children in need. In 2017, Mah Sing Foundation has supported numerous education centric causes to help children.
Besides the RM1million donation to Tzu Chi International School, Mah Sing Foundation contributed RM99,250 to Yayasan Generasi Gemilang, a non-profit organisation that helps under-served children from a low income community in Selayang. Yayasan Generasi Gemilang has various programmes that provide academic guidance and mentorship services, improve the learning capabilities of the students as well as equipping them with teamwork and leadership skills. Yayasan Generasi Gemilang’s mission is to improve the lives of under-served children and families by increasing access to quality education, a mission aligned with Mah Sing Foundation’s focus on education.
Mah Sing Foundation also contributed RM96,000 in financial assistance to 80 students from SJK (C) Sam Yoke, of which 49 are special needs students. The students come from low income families and each student will receive RM100 monthly for 12 months to aid their expenses and ease the financial burden of their families. SJK (C) Sam Yoke is one of only 2 Chinese primary schools in Kuala Lumpur that caters to special needs children and has specialised facilities such as sand therapy, hydro therapy, buddy cycling and self-management rooms to aid their learning experience.
Apart from monetary contributions, Mah Sing Foundation also donated 1,000 plastic chairs to SJK (C) Pay Fong 1 in Melaka amounting to RM21,221.20. Mr. Yeo Siew Chong, the Chairman of Board of Directors of SJK (C) Pay Fong 1 even joked during a light-hearted speech, “You children here are very lucky today. Without Mah Sing, all of us would be sitting on the floor.”
Taking a broader approach to improve access to education, Mah Sing Foundation contributed RM30,000 to The Star newspaper’s ‘Step Up’ Newspaper-in-Education programme. The programme will help 1,760 Year Four to Year Six students in 20 national schools across Malaysia improve their English Language through educational pull-outs in The Star newspaper that are distributed every alternate week.
2. Health & Wellbeing
Health & wellbeing forms the second pillar for Mah Sing Foundation as we believe good health, nutritious food and clean water lay a strong foundation for children to grow into global citizens and fulfill their potential. As an example, the Foundation together with 50 volunteers of Mah Sing Group helped to plant an urban garden in a kindergarten for Rohingya refugees.
In collaboration with Free Tree Society, the urban garden provides sustenance for the refugees as it produces fresh produce that can be harvested for food or sold to generate a small income. The garden also serves as an educational tool as it lets the Rohingya children learn about the various botanical species planted in the garden. Mah Sing Foundation also went the extra mile and renovated the kindergarten in order to provide a more conducive learning environment for the pre-school children.
3. Community Development
The final pillar, community development highlights Mah Sing Foundation’s focus in providing a safe and enabling environment for children to thrive in. Families and communities play an essential role in creating and sustaining a conducive environment for children to live their lives.
In addition to Mah Sing Foundation’s RM1million contribution to the Baiti Jannati@Wilayah Persekutuan programme and its RM500,000 pledge to flood relief efforts in Penang, Mah Sing Foundation also contributed RM110,000 to Good Shepard Services to implement a community empowerment project which will help seven villages in Mukim Lanas, Sabah. The project will provide 30 children with a transportation service, operated by the villages that will safely transport them to their school. The income made from the transportation service will cover the full cost of operations. The project is currently in the planning stages.
A Night Of Enthralling Performances For Charitable Hearts
The Mah Sing Foundation Charity Night was a touching and educational event. The foyer area of Shangri-La Hotel was decked with information on the Foundation’s new pillars together and a slideshow of charitable organisations and their efforts in aiding their respective causes.
Mah Sing Foundation’s dinner kicked off with a speed spray performance of Mah Sing Foundation’s new logo which was unveiled by YB Senator Dato Dr. Loga Bala Mohan, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Mah Sing’s Vice President of Corporate Admin, Puan Sri Sulvian Leong, Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman and Jane Leong
The night continued with other enthralling performances by the Ruth Education Centre, a charity body which helps further the education of refugee youths, special performance by the Top 3 winners from Astro’s Classic Golden Melody Singing Competition 2017 and Malaysian icon Jaclyn Victor.
Complete List of Beneficiaries
In total, Mah Sing Foundation donated RM2,020,680 during the charity dinner. The list of beneficiaries includes:
- Yayasan Pendidikan Tzu Chi Malaysia (RM1,000,000)
- Penang Flood Relief (RM500,000)
- Science of Life Studies 24/7 (RM118,150)
- Good Shepard Services (RM110,000)
- Yayasan Generasi Gemilang (RM99,250)
- Malaysian Social Research Institute (RM53,280)
- Chong Hwa Independent High School (RM50,000)
- Iskul Sama diLaut Omadal (RM50,000)
- Kiwanis Club of Kluang Mandarin (RM20,000)
- Treat Every Environment Special (RM20,000)