Financial literacy tips for women

Amir (fifth from left) and Aidah sixth from left) at the AKPK exhibition booth after the opening ceremony of the financial management workshop. With them are (from left) Roslan, TNB career enhancement management head Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Majid, Azaddin, Abu Hassan, AKPK general manager (operations) Nor Fazleen Zakaria, TNB Pelitawanis deputy president II Datin Wira Ungku Ashiela Ungku Hamzah, TNB Pelitawanis deputy president I Datin Siti Laila Sri Asih S. Garieb and AKPK’s finance department head Nor Akmar Yaakub.

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) is taking heed of the government’s call to improve the people’s financial literacy and recently held a financial management programme by TNB Women Society (Pelitawanis TNB) in Kuala Lumpur.

In the two-day programme organised by TNB in collaboration with the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK), 300 Pelitawanis TNB members comprising female staff and wives of TNB staff gained valuable exposure to various aspects of financial management.

This is in line with the implementation of the National Financial for Literacy Strategy 2019-2023 announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in July last year.

TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan said TNB was committed to supporting efforts to create a community that is capable of making sound financial decisions.

“TNB is committed to developing a professionally-built ecosystem of operation network based on performance and merit, thereby supporting the company’s involvement.

“The effort to empower women through financial literacy is one approach to achieve this goal, especially in the long run. Therefore, TNB is proud to support women in its ecosystem through the programme organised by Pelitawanis, ” Amir said when launching the financial management workshop “Surihati Bijak Generasi Terdidik #DemiEsok”.

Also present were TNB chief corporate officer Datuk Wira Rosan Ab Rahman, Pelitawanis TNB president Datin Seri Aidah Abu, Bank Negara Malaysia assistant governor Abu Hassan Alshari Yahya; AKPK chairman Anuar Mohd Hassan, AKPK chief executive officer Azaddin Ngah Tasir and the top management of TNB.

Amir said as a corporate organisation with a substantial role in driving the nation’s economy, TNB plays a vital role as a catalyst that minimises the gender gap.

According to Amir, for the past seven decades since the company’s inception and development, TNB has been able to produce female professionals through Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) and the Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN).

“As at the end of last year, TNB alone (excluding its subsidiaries) had more than 5,500 female employees, of which more than 800 were engineers.

“In fact, TNB was the first organisation to have a female engineer who was also the first local female engineer in the country, ” he said, referring to Maimunah Suleiman, who began serving the National Electric Board in 1964.

Amir said more needs to be done to ensure women have enough opportunity to reach senior management level at the company.

“I believe that women in TNB can be the catalyst for change, especially when facing the challenges that will be introduced in the Malaysian electricity supply industry.”

Meanwhile, Aidah in her closing remarks, hoped Pelitawanis members could apply the knowledge gained from the programme.

“Through this programme, we are given financial knowledge so that we can manage our savings and expenses, invest wisely and borrow responsibly, in accordance to our own financial goals and situation, among others, for retirement, ” she said.

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