KUCHING: Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) presented a mobile library and The Star ePaper subscription to schools at Bandar Samariang here on Saturday, as part of its corporate social responsibility to enhance learning experience of the English language.
CMS Group managing director Datuk Richard Curtis handed over the library to SK Bandar Samariang and 341 subscriptions of The Star ePaper for six months to SMK Bandar Baru Samariang.
The company has come on board Star Media Group Bhd’s school sponsorship programme this year, committing to 2,000 subscriptions of The Star ePaper and Newspapers-in-Education (NiE) pullout for students in selected secondary schools.
“We believe for the community to flourish, they need access to education and the English language is a platform to help people fulfil their potential.
“Reading newspapers, especially The Star, is a good way of making English language learning an interesting experience and can attract the younger generation,” Curtis said when handing over the sponsorship to Star Media Group recently.
The school sponsorship programme aims to provide resources and assistance to teachers to develop students’ proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as grammar.
Through access to the newspaper, the programme also aims to improve students’ vocabulary and instil reading habits among them.
The presentation ceremony at Mydin Samariang was part of CMS subsidiary, Projeck Bandar Samariang Sdn Bhd’s 20th anniversary celebration in bringing growth and development to Bandar Samariang.
Under the event tagline “20 years with you”, a myriad of activities to mark the special milestone for Projek Bandar Samariang and the local community were held during the one-day event.
The day started with Zumba session, blood donation drive, basic health screening, children colouring contest and lucky draw with a Modenas V15 motorcycle as the grand prize.
The fun and excitement continued with a showcase by local performers in the afternoon, followed by a mini concert in the evening that featured the likes of Ashraf Hardy, At Adau, Ricky Andrewson, Noh Salleh, Misha Omar and Hazama among others.
“CMS is committed to bringing further development to Bandar Samariang, consistent with Sarawak’s greater plan to continue its growth path, delivering opportunities and development for the state and its people.
“It is this drive for success and a responsible approach to all its stakeholders that underpins CMS’s culture to create stronger, better communities with the resources to grow and prosper,” Curtis added.
Projek Bandar Samariang owns an overall 2,123ha of the up-and-coming township project in Bandar Samariang. Second phase development will see the building of a Samariang resort city, which includes a 81ha water theme park, safari park, hotel and convention centre to attract visitors.