Retailer’s RM300 back-to-campus gift to UM undergrads

The programme is aimed at helping UM students make the back-to-campus transition as smooth and worry-free as possible.

THERE is good news for some 15,000 Universiti Malaya (UM) undergraduates this month.

Homegrown retailer MR DIY will be distributing RM300 to each student for the purchase of essential supplies to facilitate their return to campus.

Dubbed #DIY4UM, the RM4.5mil cash aid programme is being implemented in partnership with Touch ‘n Go via its eWallet platform.

The cash aid will be given to students via their Touch ‘n Go eWallets in three equal payments of RM100 on Nov 1 and Nov 30 and Dec 30.

In announcing the programme, MR DIY chief executive officer Adrian Ong said it was aimed at helping students make the transition back to campus smooth and free of worry.

“The reopening of campuses is a major milestone for university students.

“After many months of lockdown, they will finally be able to reconvene on campus to fully benefit from on-site learning and enjoy academic social interaction with lecturers and fellow students alike.

“We believe it’s important that they are well-equipped to keep themselves safe while staying focused on their studies, hence this cash aid for undergraduates at UM,” said Ong.

Students, he added, would be able to buy everyday student essentials, Covid-19 protective equipment and stationery using the cash credit given.

In addition, the first 11,000 students who utilise the funds will be entitled to a RM10 cashback when they spend a minimum of RM20 using the Touch ‘n Go eWallet.

The promotion runs at all MR DIY Group stores, MR DIY Online at and the MR DIY mini programme available on Touch ‘n Go eWallet.

The programme is made possible through a strategic collaboration inked in July between MR DIY and Touch ‘n Go.

On the cash aid programme, Touch ‘n Go Group chief executive officer Effendy Shahul Hamid said, “We are very pleased that this partnership has been extended into a benefit for society, in this case students of UM.”

All active Malaysian undergraduates at UM are eligible for the aid.

They are required to register online via Portal Maya UM by tomorrow and ensure that they have a valid Touch ‘n Go eWallet.

The #DIY4UM initiative is the latest in a series of collaborations between MR DIY and UM.

MR DIY has for the past four years worked with UM and Education Ministry to organise the “DIY Made Simple” competition for schools with UM’s Community and Sustainability Centre (UMCares).

The competition is a corporate social responsibility initiative to create awareness of sustainability among schoolchildren.

The latest cash aid initiative was lauded by UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Syukor, who said: “On behalf of our undergraduates, we thank MR DIY for the generous contribution and Touch ‘n Go for making it convenient for students to receive and utilise the funds.

“We are confident this initiative will be of great help to students as they return to campus.”

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