SMK Jugra in Banting, Selangor, has been in need of a new main wall to keep its students safe and trespassers away.
OCBC Bank (M) Bhd responded to the appeal by the Financial Industry Collective Outreach (Finco) and reached out to community partners Lions Club of KL Agape Star and Lions Club of KL Cheras for support to help the school.
SMK Jugra Parent-Teacher Association chairperson Sadeli Salatin said boundary walls were a must for any school.
“What we had was a situation where outsiders could potentially enter our premises without authorisation, and students could easily leave the premises during school hours.
“In addition to constructing the wall, OCBC Bank through Lions Club also provided electronic devices to give 35 students access to remote learning,” he said.
Finco chief executive officer Clare Walker said SMK Jugra was one of the institutions it helped and beneficiaries were selected by Education Ministry, prioritising high-need schools.
“Beyond the home, safe and secure school infrastructure directly affects the health, behaviour, engagement, learning and growth in achievement among students,” she added.
Lions Clubs of KL Agape Star president Wong Yat Seng and Lions Club of KL Cheras president Tony Lim said they were grateful to OCBC Cheras and Kajang branches for their support and commitment in assisting the community.
OCBC Kajang branch senior manager Edmond Lee Boon Teck said the bank strived to go beyond providing banking products and services to meeting the social needs of the people as well.
OCBC Cheras and Kajang branches staff also prepared messages and cards to encourage the students in their online lessons.
Finco is a collaborative initiative pioneered by the financial industry in Malaysia with the guidance of Bank Negara.
OCBC’s contributions include volunteer support, in-kind assistance, relief aid and programme partnerships.