Association helps students from low-income families

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 23 Dec 2019

Sasedharan (white shirt) and Manoharan (centre, back row) posing with the students after the presentation of vouchers and school items.

ELEVEN Indian students from the low-income group were beaming with joy when they each received RM500 worth of school items from Penang Port Indian Cultural and Welfare Association.

The recipients comprised three from SJK(T) Valdor near Nibong Tebal, seven from SJK(T) Mak Mandin, Butterworth, and a student from SMK Sungai Ara on the island.

Association president C.K. Manoharan said each student received a school bag, two sets of uniforms, two pairs of shoes, socks and stationery items.

He said another three students in Form 3, Form 5 and university, were children of Penang Port employees.

They received RM200 each for excelling in their studies.

Eight Penang Port retirees received a Parker pen each worth RM300.

“We are delighted to have all of you here.

“It is also an honour for the association as we step into our 21st year with pride,” said Manoharan at the 21st annual dinner-cum- appreciation award ceremony for retirees at Pelita Nasi Kandar Restaurant hall in Juru Auto-City near Bukit Mertajam recently.

Also present were Penang Port Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Syed Mohamad Syed Murtaza, its chief executive officer Sasedharan Vasudevan, its chief operating officer Radhi Mohamad and Penang Endowment Board executive director Datuk M. Ramachandran.

Manoharan said that the association’s commitment grew with its increasing number of members and retirees, who worked hand in hand to provide what little they could for the betterment of the community.

He said when the association was formed, there were 720 Indian employees from the total workforce of 2,440 people.

“Today, we have only 58 Indian employees from among 1,424 employees at Penang Port.

“The percentage has drastically reduced from 30% to 4%,” he said, adding that the association is facing a tough hurdle.

“We hope that the children of our staff members will be given opportunities for employment in Penang Port, if they meet the selection criteria.

“There is no greater joy for a parent to see one of their children join their place of work. And, I attest to this, as my late father was also an employee of Penang Port Commission.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and also Datuk Syed Mohamad for their kind contribution towards the association,’’ he said.

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