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Published: Sunday December 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 1, 2013 MYT 12:14:27 PM

Hearts of gold

For the pupils: Chapman (third from left) receiving the mock cheque from Ng (second from right) while members from Tomei's board of directors look on.

For the pupils: Chapman (third from left) receiving the mock cheque from Ng (second from right) while members from Tomei's board of directors look on.

A gold and jewellery company is supporting the development of English language skills among pupils with the sponsorship of Step Up pullouts.

TOMEI Consolidated Berhad recently demonstrated their commitment to support better English proficiency in pupils when they sponsored RM30,000 worth of Step Up pullouts.

Tomei Consolidated Berhad group managing director Datuk Ng Yih Pyng said they hoped their contribution would assist in the education of pupils, especially when it came to learning the English language.

“English, being an international language, is very important in today’s business world. As boundaries in the world of commerce are blurred, a good command of English is one crucial factor that will determine the success of a business,” he said.

Founded in 1968, Tomei began its business in jewellery designing and manufacturing and in the early 1970s, the first retail outlet under the name Tomei was established in Campbell Shopping Complex, Kuala Lumpur.

Subsequently, the company went into the business of wholesale and distribution of jewellery.

Founder and group executive chairman Tan Sri Ng Teck Fong presented a mock cheque to Star Publications (M) Bhd education deputy editor Karen Chapman at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently.

“Every year, we will make it a point to give back to the community as part of our corporate social responsibility programme,” said Ng who hoped to create a caring and harmonious society.

“This project by The Star is good. The pullouts are useful in helping pupils improve their proficiency of the English language. We would like to show our full support for this programme,” he added.

Last year, Tomei Consolidated Berhad gave out RM152,000 to 25 establishments across the country in the hopes of helping them carry out their day-to-day operations in a more effective manner.

“Tomei always believes in playing its part as a responsible corporate citizen,” said Ng.

“Over the years, we have been contributing to various organisations and people from all walks of life,” he added.

The RM30,000 contribution will be channeled towards the distribution of The Star’s Step Up pullouts to primary schools nationwide.

Step Up is a 24-page bilingual education pullout specially designed for Chinese and national primary schools.

The pullout, which includes mini contests and four revision issues per year, provides an engaging method for the teaching and learning of English.

Featuring a blend of workbook and enrichment-type exercises, Step Up offers fun things to do such as crossword puzzles, jokes, stories, word searches and various newspaper-in-education (NiE) activities that are tailored specifically for enjoying language learning.

This syllabus-based pullout, published in colour, is designed for pupils from Years Four to Six, and is approved by the Education Ministry.

It is published twice a month on alternate weeks. Step Up (with Chinese translation) is published on alternate Thursdays while Step Up (with Bahasa Malaysia translation) is published on alternate Tuesdays.

For enquiries on NiE packages and sponsorship programmes, contact The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 during office hours.

Tags / Keywords: Education, tomei, step up, mock cheque


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