Consultancy group volunteers help clean up Kota Damansara flats

Volunteers from Deloitte Malaysia helping to paint a stairwell in Desa Mentari, Kota Damansara.

A CLEAN environment gives residents a positive mindset at Desa Mentari low-cost flats and the People’s Housing Project in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

Jeffrey Phang, who is spokesman for MyPJ, a Petaling Jaya-based community group, said the residents from the low-cost areas were generally motivated to maintain the cleanliness of their neighbourhood when their flats were clean and looked presentable.

“The stairways at some parts of their flats were recently painted white by a group of volunteers.

“When we revisited the area after a few weeks, we saw some nice paintings on the walls that were newly painted.

“When we set high standards, they actually try to maintain the space,” said Phang.

Phang, who is also Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) chairman, said the volunteers from Deloitte Malaysia also helped to plant trees at the PPR Kota Damansara during its gotong-royong event that was part of the company’s Impact Day.

Some 100 volunteers from Deloitte Malaysia helped to clean the high-density neighbourhood.

Also present was Deloitte Malaysia’s Impact Day Champion Datuk Nizar Najib.

Nizar, who spearheaded the project, said the company does various activities with the communities throughout the country on Impact Day.

“Our volunteers helped to clean Desa Mentari with the residents and they also painted some parts of flats,” said Nizar.

“About 800 Deloitte employees at 15 locations nationwide helped with various communities engagement programmes.

“Here at Desa Mentari, we notice the residents face challenges pertaining to civic consciousness and facilities,” he added.

Nizar said Deloitte organised eight other Impact Day events in the Klang Valley and another seven in Penang, Ipoh, Melaka, Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

“The resident leaders here may need some support but they are willing to work together to make the place conducive,” said Nizar.

Deloitte Malaysia country managing partner Tan Theng Hooi said it was the 10th year the Impact Day was carried out.

“On Impact Day, Deloitte professionals put in their passion, determination and expertise to engage with the community,” he said.

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