Gas Malaysia’s ‘Back to School’ programme for underprivileged kids

Ahmad Hashimi (centre) presenting school necessities to the children from Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Baitul Lathofah

IN LINE with its firm efforts and dedication towards being a responsible business entity, Gas Malaysia Bhd, a member of MMC Group, has recently organised a “Back to School” programme to provide school necessities to about 150 underprivileged children from Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Baitul Lathofah in Rawang.

This community outreach initiative is a collaboration between Gas Malaysia and Pertubuhan Baitul Lathofah, aimed to improve the children’s living conditions by providing school necessities such as school uniforms, shoes and stationeries for the 2020 schooling term.

Pertubuhan Baitul Lathofah was formed in 2005 and currently runs several welfare homes. These homes comprise about 150 unfortunate children who are mainly orphans, having single parents and are poverty-stricken.

The event was graced by Gas Malaysia CEO Ahmad Hashimi Abdul Manap and several members from the senior management team. Also present representing Pertubuhan Baitul Lathofah was its chairperson Nonati with her management team.

Subsequently, the highlight of the event was when Ahmad Hashimi set a precedent by planting a sapling at the orphanage, symbolically officiating the programme. Following which he commented: “We believe that in order for our business to be sustainable, we should balance our business ambitions with corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. In fact, education is one of our four CSR pillars. On this premise, we explored potential initiatives to contribute towards healthy intellectual growth.”

In addition to the said initiative, about 20 employees from Gas Malaysia participated in a gotong-royong session to clean the orphanage with the assistance from four caretakers.

Prior to this, Gas Malaysia’s employees had conducted a “Clothes Donation Campaign” at their head office. It was organised specifically for the benefit of the children at the orphanage, predominantly aged 12 years and below. The clothes were then handed over to the caretakers.

“Guided by our vision to be an innovative value-added energy solutions provider, we will continue to further increase our CSR initiatives to other unfortunate communities,” Ahmad Hashimi concluded.