by TMR / pic by TMR FILE
MORE than 12,000 undergraduates from Universiti Malaya have had a more comfortable transition back to on-campus learning, as a result of the #DIY4UM initiative.
A joint collaboration between MR DIY Group Berhad (MR DIY), Touch ‘n Go Group (Touch ‘n Go), and Universiti Malaya (UM), #DIY4UM saw Malaysia’s home improvement retailer distribute over RM3.6 million to help the undergraduates prepare for the return to campus.
Under #DIY4UM, each UM undergraduate received RM300 in cash aid, to be used for the purchase of everyday essentials and learning equipment. The funds were distributed through the Touch ‘n Go’ e-wallet in three equal payments over November and December 2021.
“Our founder, Tan Yu Yeh, is an alumnus of this university, and over the years, has helped us initiate a number of different programmes to benefit the university, its students and the community it serves.
His wish, and our vision, has been for these efforts to spur other organisations to help Malaysians forge through these challenging times.“ MR DIY CEO, Adrian Ong said at a ceremony to mark the conclusion of the #DIY4UM aid programme recently.
To make the back-to-campus transition as smooth and worry-free as possible, we decided to launch the #DIY4UM initiative,” said Ong.
“Our thanks and appreciation go out to the team from Touch ‘n Go, lead by Group CEO Effendy Shahul Hamid, for working tirelessly with our team to make the cash distribution process a smooth and effective one,” he added.
In addition to the contribution, the first 11,000 students who utilised the funds were entitled to a further RM10 cashback when they spent a minimum of RM20 using the Touch ‘n Go eWallet at MR D.I.Y. Group stores, MR D.I.Y. Online at www.mrdiy.com.my as well as the MR D.I.Y. mini programme available on Touch ‘n Go eWallet.
Ong also thanked the administrative team from Universiti Malaya for ensuring eligible students registered for the aid programme.
Commenting on the aid programme, Effendy Shahul Hamid, Touch ‘n Go Group CEO said, “We’ve had multiple strategic collaboration initiatives with MR D.I.Y. and it’s gratifying to see it expand into non-commercial areas. We are so pleased to be a part of this particular programme and I hope this motivates UM undergraduates to strive for further heights in their learning achievements.”
The #DIY4UM initiative is one in a series of collaborations between MR D.I.Y and Universiti Malaya. One such initiative is the “DIY Made Simple” competition for secondary schools, run in collaboration with UM’s Community and Sustainability Center (UMCares) to promote sustainability awareness amongst schoolchildren. The retailer also previously partnered with the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to create a multipurpose room for UMMC’s employees and students.