MIRI: Sarawak Oil Palms Bhd (SOPB) continues to devote its time and resources to help develop local communities through diverse economic, social and healthcare programmes under its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Recently, the group presented incentives worth RM25,800 to 199 students under its Young Achievers Award (YAA) initiative, comprising outstanding youngsters who scored excellent results in last year’s public examinations such as Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Tahap Tiga (PT3), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM).
The recipients were from schools across this division such as SK Lepong Ajai Bakong, SK Kita Niah, SK Kampung Tegageng Suai, SK Kelapa Sawit No 4, SK Beliau Isa, SK Beluru Central, SJKC Chin Nam, SJKC Chee Mung, SMK Subis and SMK Suai.
SOPB group chief executive officer Paul Wong Hee Kwong said YAA was formed to nurture academic excellence in local youngsters.
“Similarly under our Student Adoption Programme (SAP), the group has provided RM40,600 to 91 students. This (programme) is part of our efforts to provide financial assistance for educational needs to underprivileged children or students in primary to upper secondary schools by providing cash assistance, school
bags and stationery items,” he said prior to the handover of incentives SOPB Lambir Academy recently.
Wong said under its annual CSR, the group had contributed a total amount of RM66, 400 to deserving students from 59 schools – both primary and secondary – across Sarawak, namely areas within the vicinity of its plantation estates.
Wong, who was accompanied by SOPB group plantation controller Chua Kian Hong at the function, also emphasised on education in modern-day lifestyle
and this saying this, he encouraged the students to pursue their dreams towards a better future.
“Hardship is not a hindrance for students to continue their studies and strive for better quality of life for themselves and their families.” So far, the team from SOPB public relations department has travelled to Marudi, Sebauh, Tatau, Belaga and Mukah for the satellite handovers of the YAA and SAP.