TNB supports B40 education despite pandemic

Since 2013, TNB has donated a total of RM7.5m for 36,018 families in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic credit: TNB

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) recently distributed RM3 million through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, “Ceria Ke Sekolah”, to help pupils from the B40 (bottom 40%) income household.

This year’s allocation, which will benefit 30,000 students from 208 selected areas, is expected to alleviate B40 families’ financial limitation in preparing their children for the school season.

Since the programme was established in 2013, TNB has donated a total of RM7.5 million for 36,018 families both in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

TNB chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the programme is part of the utility giant’s initiatives to give back to the community, which is an essential exercise for a corporate firm to execute.

“For this year, the programme is being held in Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Johor, Selangor and Pahang, involving 19,923 students with a total donation of RM2 million. TNB will continue with the programme in the remaining states.

“The programme also includes selected B40 families who are living around TNB’s headquarters in a separate scaled-down programme.

“A total of 420 students from low-income households from three schools, namely SK Bangsar, SK Bukit Pantai and SK Bukit Bandaraya, have been selected to receive the aid,” he said during the programme in Bangsar last Friday.

Mahdzir added that TNB has been embracing CSR programmes that support three particular aspects which are education, socioeconomy and environmental conservation.

“Our CSR works are aimed at prioritising the initiatives that support the Shared Prosperity Vision 2021-2030.

“Thus, we choose to embrace the education initiative to allow young Malaysians have better education experiences and give them longterm benefits,” he said.

Through the programme, TNB is distributing school supplies and necessities such as school uniforms, shoes, socks, school bags and stationery.

One of the beneficiaries, Muhammad Raziq Mohd Rafiuddin from SK Bukit Pantai, expressed his delight over receiving the aid.

“I stay with my father and grandmother as my mother is no longer around. I have six siblings, but we do not live together. Some of them stay with my relatives in Putrajaya.

“Usually, my grandmother is the one who prepares the school necessities for me, and I am sure that she will also be very grateful for this,” said the 11-year-old.

For higher education, Mahdzir said the utility company continues to fund Malaysian students who are seeking education at international universities through Yayasan Tenaga Nasional.

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to support students who are going abroad for higher education.

“Although there are slight hindrances such as getting a placement at universities in certain countries due to the pandemic, we are trying to push for their placement at universities in other countries,” he said.

Through TNB’s My Brighter Future scholarship, 2,500 students from the B40 income group have benefitted in pursuing their undergraduate, diploma and certificate studies.

Previously, TNB donated RM17.5 million for efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including the delivery of 10 ventilator machines to hospitals in Melaka, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Negri Sembilan to treat Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit.