Planting the idea of greening the environment

Flextronics Technology employees planting trees together during the Earth Day celebration at their factory in Bukit Minyak, Penang. – Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

SOME 350 trees were planted around Flextronics Technology factory in Bukit Minyak as part of the company’s effort to green its surroundings.

Its general manager Tang Eng Chok said to further showcase the company’s commitment towards preserving nature, 221 employees also signed up to be Environment Partners (Rakan Alam Sekitar), adding that they will be the company’s environmental ambassadors.

“The trees will give a positive impact and reduce global warming. Apart from playing our corporate social responsibility role, we hope the effort will encourage our clients to do the same.

“Our environment ambassadors will also be actively involved in greening activities organised by the Department of Environment (DoE) and Forestry Department,” he said before launching the tree-planting event recently.

Phee watering the tree which he had earlier planted.
Phee watering the tree which he had earlier planted.

Also present were Penang Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, Penang DoE director Marzuki Mokhatar and Penang Forestry Department director Muhammad Ezhar Yusuf.

The effort was part of the company’s Earth Day challenge held in conjunction with Earth Day which falls on April 22.

On another matter, Phee also commended the company for hiring people with disabilities (OKU).

“Flex currently has about 50 employees who are disabled, such as those with hearing disability. More are expected to be hired soon.

“They will be provided with training because they have potential to perform as well as any ordinary person,” he said.

Phee added that there were some 25,000 OKUs in Penang but only about 12,000 are registered with the state’s iSejahtera welfare programme.

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