PLUS voluntarism an annual affair

PLUS Community Day volunteers engaging with the children during the colouring activity at the Kuala-Lumpur-based Buku Jalanan Chow Kit non-profit learning centre.

EVERY year, PLUS Malaysia Bhd dedicates a special day for the largest toll expressway operator in Malaysia and its staff to organise community programmes simultaneously at various locations across the country.

In this year’s PLUS Community Day 2018, the company’s annual community flagship programme was concurrently held at 25 locations nationwide on Nov 9.

It took place at various spots such as in Sik (Kedah), Dungun (Terengganu), Kuala Kangsar and Bagan Serai (Perak), Shah Alam and Banting (Selangor), Port Dickson (Negri Sembilan), Melaka and Batu Pahat (Johor).

More than 1,000 PLUS staff split into 25 teams volunteered in the programme.

PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail said the personnel were on the ground undertaking various activities with the community such as upgrading and repairing mosques, fixing bridges, refurbishing tahfiz and orphanages, improving libraries and school facilities, and visiting old folk’s homes.

Apart from that, Azman said they visited cancer patients and gave out toys at Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s paediatric wards, distributed food to underprivileged children in Chow Kit as well as cleaned up various recreational areas in the city.

PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail (in grey cap) helping to move a shelter with villagers and volunteers at Kampung Hujung Bandar in Sik, Kedah.
PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail (in grey cap) helping to move a shelter with villagers and volunteers at Kampung Hujung Bandar in Sik, Kedah.

The doctors from Kuala Lumpur-based Damai Service Hospital, accompanied by the volunteers, also helped to conduct health checks for the children in Chow Kit while some participated in road safety advocacy activities.

Azman said PLUS organised this programme to help the needy and to give back to the community.

“We are committed to continuously organising such events in the future as they not only allow us to provide a helping hand to the communities, but also encourage volunteerism and teamwork among PLUS employees.

“The programme also fits perfectly with our goal to provide a positive and intuitive experience to the surrounding communities where we operate.

“These programmes are ultimately aimed at giving positive social impact to the surrounding communities,” Azman shared.

“We spent RM1mil on the 25 community projects under the Community Day programme this year,” he added.

Ar-Ridhwan Mosque Imam 2 Ustaz Ismail Ibrahim, from Kampung Hujung Bandar in Sik, Kedah, said the residents appreciated the efforts of the PLUS volunteers and its top management in carrying out community activities in their village.

“The contributions provided by PLUS to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities at our village would benefit 1,700 villagers around the area,” Ustaz Ismail pointed out.

Madrasah Darul Uloom Al-Mustafa supervisor Khairul Asraf Abdul Aziz, from Kampung Paya Jaras Dalam in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, said he felt honoured that PLUS as a corporate company looked forward to helping them.

“In this madrasah, we supervise about 31 male students. We hope that this noble effort can help these children become outstanding students in their studies and in terms of morality,” he added.

PLUS Community Day volunteers visiting cancer patients at Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s paediatric ward.
PLUS Community Day volunteers visiting cancer patients at Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s paediatric ward.

Kuala-Lumpur based non-profit learning centre Buku Jalanan Chow Kit teacher Siti Rahayu Baharin said PLUS managed to cheer the children through its activities.

“By organising activities such as painting, colouring and some games, these children were very happy that there are those who are willing to spend time volunteering community service for us.

“We also felt overwhelmed by the fact that PLUS delivered donations, provided basic health checks with vaccines in collaboration with Damai Service Hospital, and provided food to underprivileged children at the centre here,” she said.

Among the projects and assistance given under the programme that day included cash contributions for workers’ salaries, utility bills, rental and school expenses as well as repairs works at Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat in Klang, Selangor; preparation of food with indigenous people in Kampung Ampang Who in Tapah, Perak; improvement of the electricity wiring at Madrasah Darul Uloom Al-Mustafa for safety, painting works and renovation of its kitchen, laundry area and badminton court at the premises.

The group also organised the sports day and workshops on future planning at Pertubuhan Pusat Kebajikan Destiny in Klang, Selangor; provided a portable stage for the new school hall at SK Seri Penanti in Bukit Mertajam, Penang; and installed safety posters at the school areas as well as fixed new roofs, tiles, grills and pipes for a surau in Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

They have also participated in beach cleaning and planting of mangroves at Pantai Cahaya Bulan in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan; Japanese garden concept landscaping and herb planting for a welfare centre in Melaka, and facelift of a fishing village in Kota Tinggi, Johor.

Azman said PLUS would continue to carry out various corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes for the benefit of various groups, such as flood relief projects, road safety campaigns and other community service-based programmes all over the country.

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