TNB upholds govt’s call to boost financial literacy

By TMR

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) has taken heed of the government’s call to improve the people’s financial literacy through a financial management programme by Persatuan Wanita TNB (Pelitawanis) on Jan 28 and 29 in Kuala Lumpur.

In the two-day programme organised by TNB in collaboration with the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK), 300 Pelitawanis members comprising female staff and wives of TNB staff, gained valuable exposure to various aspects of financial management.

This is in line with the implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2019-2023, announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in July last year.

TNB president/CEO Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan said TNB is committed to supporting the efforts to create a community that can make sound financial decisions.

“We are committed to developing a professionally built ecosystem of operation network based on performance and merit, thereby supporting the company’s involvement.

“The effort to empower women through financial literacy is one approach to achieve this goal, especially in the long run. Therefore, TNB is proud to support women in its ecosystem through the programme,” said Amir Hamzah.

He said this when officiating the financial management workshop “Surihati Bijak Generasi Terdidik #DemiEsok”. Also present were Pelitawanis president Datin Seri Aidah Abu, Bank Negara Malaysia assistant governor Abu Hassan Alshari Yahya, AKPK chairman Anuar Mohd Hassan, AKPK CEO Azaddin Ngah Tasir and the top management of TNB.

Amir added that as a corporate organisation with a substantial role in driving the nation’s economy, TNB plays a vital role as a catalyst that minimises gender gap.

He said for the past seven decades since the company’s inception and development, TNB has been able to produce female professionals through Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Yayasan Tenaga Nasional.

“As of the end of last year, TNB alone (excluding its subsidiaries) had more than 5,500 female employees, of which more than 800 are engineers.

“In fact, TNB was the first organisation to have a female engineer, who was also the first local female engineer in the country,” he said, referring to Maimunah Suleiman who began serving the National Electric Board in 1964.

Amir Hazmah is confident that there is still more to be done to ensure that women have enough opportunity to reach senior management level at the utility company.

“I believe that women in TNB can be the catalyst for change, especially when facing the challenges that will be introduced in the Malaysian electricity supply industry.”

Meanwhile, Aidah in her closing remarks, hopes that Pelitawanis members could leverage the knowledge gained from the two-day programme.

“Through this programme, we are given financial knowledge so that we can manage our savings and expenses, invest wisely and borrow responsibly, in accordance to our own financial goals and situation, among others, for retirement,” she said.