Wednesday, August 17

Second bank to get litter-free status


KOTA KINABALU: Kuwait Finance House received recognition as a litter-free bank from Kota Kinabalu City Hall yesterday, making it the second bank with that status.

Kuwait Finance House (M) Berhad Kuala Lumpur executive vice president (retail banking) Julio Francis Lobo said the recognition is a result of diligent attention and hard work of its staff.

“I would like to congratulate them on behalf of the management of KFH Malaysia for this achievement.

“Our people are our most valuable asset and we rely on their support, energy and buy-in to positive change.

“Whilst we pay close attention to our business endeavours, we also focus on the betterment of our staff and the community at large.

“We trust the certification by City Hall for this branch is a testament to our commitment as a caring corporate citizen as well as maintaining harmony in the community here.

“We strongly adhere to the purity of Shariah principles, which governs not only the business aspect of the bank but also the human element of cleanliness and togetherness. These form a strong tenet of Islamic values,” he said in his welcoming address during a recognition ceremony yesterday.

Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai congratulated Kuwait Finance House on its achievement, adding that it is the 174th participant in the Litter-free Zone Campaign.

“The Litter-free Zone Certification is one of the strategies under City Hall’s ongoing Anti-Litterbug Campaign.

“Since its launch in 2008, we have received a total of 173 participants in this programme. These include litter-free offices, schools, higher learning institutions, universities, banks, villages and churches, among others.

“Today, we reach yet another milestone with the certification of Kuwait Finance House as the second bank in Kota Kinabalu and the 174th participant in our campaign,” he said in his opening address which was delivered by City Hall director general Datuk Joannes Solidau.

The mayor further reminded that the certification also requires all staff, guests and visitors to stop littering.

The mindset of “throw first and collect later” must be totally scrapped, he said, adding that the litter-free status can be revoked if rubbish is seen anywhere in or near the premises.

Yeo also thanked Kuwait Finance House for taking part in City Hall’s No Plastic Bag Campaign, which involves 381 registered participants.

The campaign has been rebranded to the 3B: Bawa Beg Bah (Bring Your Bag) strategy, with 18 registered participants now, including Kuwait Finance House.