Monday, December 9

CIMB Foundation lights up Penan, Punan villages

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Lim (third left) handing over the solar panel to Nareu (centre) and Long Abit village chief Ridang Jugah (fourth right) as Balang (right) and others look on.

MIRI: Residents of a Penan and a Punan village in Belaga who have been living in darkness for decades will soon enjoy free electricity, thanks to CIMB Foundation.

Yesterday, CIMB Miri (Times Square) branch manager Jeremy Lim handed over the solar panels to the two villages – Long Lidem and Long Abit – which were represented by their respective village chiefs.

In his speech, Lim said the foundation had carried out more than 850 community programmes across the country since its establishment in November 2007.

“Giving back to the community is part of CIMB Group’s identity through the CIMB Foundation which is meant to carry out its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.

“This year, Long Lidem and Long Abit are among our recipients for the solar panels, so each house will soon have lights,” he said.

According to Lim, the foundation contributed RM86,000 for the ‘Phase Two of the Solar System project for Rural Communities’ which will benefit 90 families from the two villages.

The CIMB Foundation has been mandated to implement CSR programmes and CIMB Group philanthropic initiatives.

Meanwhile, the project’s coordinator Henry Balang Sultan said many villages especially in rural areas are still without stable electricity, with most of them relying on generators which is costly.

“We approached CIMB Foundation in 2016 and thankfully they are willing to work with us. This is our fourth project with CIMB Foundation,” he said.

He added that his committee will continue to partner with CIMB Foundation in identifying needy villages especially in rural areas such as Baram so they too can enjoy free electricity soon.

The project is a partnership between CIMB Foundation’s ‘Lights up my life’ with Borneo Evangelical Mission Lutong Baru Church.

Long Lidem village chief Nareu Pua when met after the symbolic handing-over of solar panels thanked CIMB Foundation for realising their dreams to have electricity supply.