Kuala Lumpur, July 2016 – Mah Sing Foundation, a charitable trust established by Mah Sing Group (Mah Sing) contributed RM42,000 to build a home for an orang Asli family in Kampung Serendah via EPIC Homes.
The 3-day build aptly named EPIC Build saw the completion of a 650 square feet (sq ft) house with a foyer, 2 bedrooms with doors, kitchen, ceiling storage and living room that was built from scratch.
It’s about building community
39 volunteers of the project including Mah Sing’s employees attended a Builders Basic Workshop a week prior to the actual build. The training included familiarisation with equipment and tools, learning building skills and understanding the process for the build.
The workshop also assessed the volunteers’ capabilities and preference. Each volunteer will be placed in groups based on their experience and skills.
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Group Managing Director of Mah Sing Group noted, “We are very happy to see our staff volunteering for this worthy cause. As a premier lifestyle property developer, working with EPIC Homes to build a house for the underprivileged family is a very meaningful task to us. We hope the new house owners will be able to have a comfortable and safe place they can call home.”
Aside from building a safe home for the families, this project aims to foster a relationship between the volunteers and the families. It allows the volunteers to better understand the struggles, needs and challenges faced by the orang Asli families.
This project gives volunteers a chance to develop new solutions or even provide access to new networks and resources which may further enhance the lives of the community.
Dato’ Syed Norulzaman bin Syed Kamarulzaman, Chairman of Mah Sing Foundation said, “Mah Sing Foundation has been actively providing financial assistance to the underprivileged within our community to help raise their standards of living, and we are honoured to be involved in this project. We would like to commend EPIC Homes for its good work in bringing people together and empowering them to make a positive impact in their community.”
Pay It Forward
EPIC Homes works with villages they are invited to and conducts a Community Engagement Programme where the residents decide upon the selection criteria for homes in need, effectively deciding who receives homes first based on a priority list generated from their criteria.
Recipients of the home commit to the “Pay It Forward” programme, where they must build their own home together with the volunteers, and pledge to build two more for their neighbours.
The hard work they put in into building their own home, as well as their neighbours’, would give them ownership of their own home and not just receive the house as charity, simultaneously inspiring others in their community.
To date, EPIC Homes has built over 86 homes across Malaysia.
About Mah Sing Foundation
Established in 2005, Mah Sing Foundation is Mah Sing Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform. The Foundation celebrates the achievement of Mah Sing Group’s long-term and continuous commitment to being a responsible and active participant in building community partnerships, both locally and abroad.
Mah Sing Group believes that a consolidated effort in CSR initiatives will be more effective and impactful in benefiting the needy. Mah Sing Foundation actively seeks to raise funds via annual fundraising activities and events to champion causes with the Foundation’s guidelines.
Mah Sing Foundation does this through a four-pronged approach:
- Medical Assistance for Malaysians who are suffering from disease and disability, or are critically ill. The Foundation will also carry out and support schemes by organisations which look after public health and welfare, including giving financial support.
- Financial Assistance and Relief Schemes for the poor and distressed.
- Education Assistance Comprising Subsidies and Donations to needy and deserving students.
- Encouragement of Social and Sporting Activities which will enrich the community and serve to promote national unity.
For more details on these and other initiatives under the Mah Sing Foundation, please visit http://www.mahsingcommunity.com.my/
About EPIC Homes
EPIC aims to inspire, mobilize and empower people to make a positive impact in their communities. It is their goal to build mutually beneficial relationships, creating self-sustainable communities along the way.
EPIC Homes work includes training the public to build homes for rural communities, rebuilding for flood victims, providing a solution for non-structural needs, engaging in Master Planning for community development and training others to identify the needs of underprivileged communities and in disaster relief.
*Image Caption: Group photo of the volunteers and the completed house