Sharing blessings of fasting month with frontliners

Khadijah (right) handing over boxes containing dry food and goodie bags to Dr Shahabuddin (left), witnessed by Dr Sha’ari, during the event at MAEPS in Serdang.

FOR the first time, Agrobank is collaborating with Star Media Group (SMG) in the annual Ramadan Kongsi Nikmat programme.

The Islamic bank is contributing RM50,000 to the programme, which includes the distribution of dry food for 200 frontliners and buka puasa meals for Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) undergraduates.

Agrobank covering president and chief executive officer Khadijah Iskandar said frontliners working at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) 2.0 Covid-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) had been selected to receive the contributions this year.

“In addition to dry food, Agro-bank is also providing goodie bags worth more than RM6,000 for 200 frontliners at MAEPS, ” she told StarMetro in an email interview.

“The (Kongsi Nikmat) programme gives Agrobank the opportunity to show our appreciation to the nation’s frontliners.

“We hope that these items will be able to help this group, who is busy managing patients and executing other duties, to break their fast accordingly, ” she added.

Khadijah was speaking at an event to hand over boxes containing the dry food and 200 goodie bags to MAEPS 2.0 PKRC director Dr Shahabuddin Ibrahim at MAEPS in Serdang, Selangor.

Also present was Selangor Health Department director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman.

Dr Shahabuddin said, “We are grateful for the contribution by Agrobank.

“Together, we share the blessings of Ramadan and hope this contribution will lift spirits at PKRC.

“We stand together to win the fight against Covid-19 and everyone must remember to adhere to the standard operating procedure set out by the National Security Council, ” he added.

The Ramadan Kongsi Nikmat programme, which started in 2019, provides a meaningful platform

for various brands and organisations to show their appreciation and give back to society, especially in light of the pandemic.

Product sponsors for this year’s programme are Julie’s, F&N, Cowa, Farm Fresh and Al-Hannan.

Khadijah expressed hope that the goodie bags, which include Agrobank’s care packs containing hand sanitiser, face masks, wet tissues and face shields would be helpful to the frontliners.

Khadijah said as part of the programme, Agrobank would be handing over buka puasa meals to UPM undergraduates at its campus on May 3.

Agrobank has been involved in various community programmes with ministries and non-governmental organisations as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts to lighten the burden of Malaysians affected by Covid-19.

It has also organised programmes tailored to educate primary school pupils to plan their daily expenditures and learn about saving for their future.

Khadijah said Agrobank’s other CSR initiatives this year included assisting welfare homes to be more self-reliant so that they do not depend solely on public contributions for their daily operations.

Established in 1969, Agrobank is actively involved in charting the growth and development of Malaysia’s agriculture industry by offering syariah-compliant products and solutions across various customer segments.

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