B40 families set for a brighter living in refurbished homes

Strong communities living harmoniously make a foundation of a strong nation


IN A mission to empower the nation, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is committed to improving living conditions for the bottom 40% (B40) income group in the country by providing better homes.

TNB has partnered Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to help families of the less fortunate who were previously renting from the city council’s Perumahan Rakyat Project to finally own a home.

The Mesra Rakyat project (PMR) is part of TNB’s corporate social responsibility programme which makes it possible for the B40 among non-Muslims to repair, buy or build their homes via an aid worth RM50,000.

Besides the poor, PMR has also been assisting the elderly, single parents and the disabled within the non-Muslim community.

“My family and I will be living in a more comfortable condition once the repair is done at my home. My financial condition will improve when the house rent is covered under the programme,” one of the recipients, Tan Hook Chuan, who lives in Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Pinggiran Bukit Jalil, told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

TNB has a similar initiative targeted to Muslims under the Baiti Jannati Project — which is Arabic for “My home, my haven” — and bodes well with the aspirations to provide a comfortable place of living and improve quality of life.

Last February, the country’s largest electricity utility assisted 12 underprivileged Chinese and Indian families in KL to have better homes in collaboration with DBKL.

All the selected beneficiaries were low-cost people’s housing project residents across the city including in Lembah Pantai, Seputeh, Batu, Setiawangsa and Bukit Jalil.

A ceremony to hand over the offer letters was held at Kompleks Balai Islam An-Nur, TNB Bangsar headquarters (HQ), on Feb 19, 2020.

The letters were presented by TNB chief corporate officer Datuk Wira Roslan Ab Rahman, witnessed by DBKL ED (socio-economic development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff and TNB’s management team.

“Considering how difficult it is to build homes in KL due to land constraints, we collaborated with DBKL to determine those who really need this help,” Roslan said.

Roslan (second from right) presenting the mock key to Tan Hook Chuan, one of the recipients of The Mesra Rakyat Project. The ceremony is also witnessed by DBKLED (socio-economic development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff (right)

The newly refurbished accommodations are hoped to bring better standards of living and harmony for the families in the long run.

“My home will be installed with a new tile floor, new coat of paint and a new set of doors. On top of that, I was given the assurance that the organiser is ready to fix any wear and tear in the house,” another beneficiary of the project, Tonikody M Karuppiah, who lives in PPR Seri Semarak, told TMR.

Since its establishment in 2012, PMR has utilised RM1.26 million to finance 30 homes for the needy in KL.

At the national level, TNB has rolled out a total contribution of RM6.97 million since 2012 to improve the conditions of 221 homes.

TNB has assisted in rebuilding parts of these underprivileged, sometimes dilapidated homes such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room into a pleasant living environment.

The corporation strives to be a key contributor to nation-building while delivering top quality services to Malaysians in a sustainable manner.

TNB under the Better Brighter CSR programme umbrella seeks to bring about positive change and create a better quality of life for Malaysians.