PACIFIC Inter-link Sdn Bhd, a global player in the palm oil and derivatives sector, distributed 200 free laptops to students of the International Modern Arabic School in Putrajaya.
The Chromebook laptop donation on Nov 12 was part of its CSR initiative.
The company has always believed in giving back to the community and making a difference as well as setting an example for other corporate bodies to do the same, said its regional managing director Fouad Hayel Saeed.
He added that the donation was to help students from low-income and marginalised families to overcome challenges during the current pandemic.
When online classes were implemented, these students were the most affected.
Many of them relied on their smartphones as they did not have access to laptops or PCs to attend online classes. As a result their education has been disrupted.
Fouad said that giving the students laptops is to equip them for distance learning during the new normal.
During the presentation at the school, Fouad said he believes education is a noble field and the foundation to shape and build the current and next generations who will determine the future of a nation.
Among the guests at the handover ceremony were diplomats.
Fouad handed over 20 laptops, while the rest were delivered to the students’ homes.
The International Modern Arabic School (IMAS) was set up in 2007 as a bilingual, Arabic-British, non-profit institution with a total of 220 students.
Today, the total number of students enrolled at IMAS has reached 1,600 students from 68 nationalities.
The school adopts a British curriculum, which allows students to obtain the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
It is the first international school in Malaysia to use both Arabic and English as the medium of instruction, offering kindergarten, primary, secondary, and pre-university education.
Pacific Inter-Link was incorporated in 1988 in Kuala Lumpur to promote the export of various commodities and services from Malaysia and the Far East to the global markets.
Over the past three decades Pacific Inter-Link has grown into a respected global player in the field of edible oils and consumer goods.
The group is actively engaged in a diverse range of activities such as manufacturing, refining, trading, tank terminal, marketing of consumer products, and shipping services.