Boost for community work

Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz (third right) receiving mock cheques from Boon Ginn (third left) and Megat Sany (second left). Joining them (from left) are Tieng Hock, Dr Cheng and Dr Kamaruzaman.

ONE of Kedah’s most respected philanthropic organisations, Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation (YSB), has received a welcome boost to give more aid to the community.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin contributed RM300,000 to YSB while another RM1mil for education came from SC Estate Builder Berhad.

The contribution from the Prime Minister’s Office is aimed at helping the foundation’s efforts to ease the struggles of Kedahans against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RM1mil education fund from SC Estate Builder Berhad is to last for 10 years, with contributions of RM100,000 yearly, for YSB’s Titian Bistari Project for schools and other education related programmes.

Kedah State Development Office director Datuk Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Supian recently handed over the prime minister’s contribution to YSB chairman Datuk Seri Diraja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who is also the Tunku Temenggong Kedah.

SC Estate Builder’s contribution was handed over to Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz by company chairman and managing director Alex Loh Boon Ginn, who was accompanied by adviser Datuk Loh Tieng Hock.

In addition, SC Estate World Sdn Bhd also contributed 2 million shares of SC Estate Builder Berhad to YSB as a long-term asset for YSB.

The ceremony was witnessed by YSB trustees Datuk Dr Cheng Joo Ann and Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ali and YSB general manager Misbah Datuk Abdul Hamid.

Also present was Kedah State Development Office assistant director (special section) Noorul Hanim Jamaludin.

Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz said YSB has reached 25 years of its establishment.

“It has gone through various obstacles and challenges, but the foundation stands strong and continues to provide service to the community thanks to the support and encouragement of friends and donors.

“The foundation gives great priority to education. Our Titian Bistari Project has gone through several phases in finding effective methods to impart knowledge to pupils, ” she said.

In the last 23 years, Titian Bistari focuses mainly on pupils in Years Four, Five and Six from among the rural community.

“In line with changes to the education system, YSB also plans learning methods that can shape the sustainability of pupils by applying the national education system of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in English.

“This project will be continued with modules that are suitable for pupils, ” she said.

She added that YSB envisions becoming an NGO that will overcome changes in all aspects including education, health, entrepreneurship, sports and human capital.

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