Ceremony to hand over the Kongsi Nikmat Agrobank-mStar 2022 contribution to DBKL with Niezam (left), Azman (third from left), Nasarudin (fourth from left) and Wang (second from right). — Photos: AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

THE role of local authorities is important to ensure that all city planning and services for a particular area are provided to the community.

This role is regarded just as important as those in the front line in ensuring the community’s well-being.

As a leader in the agriculture financing and values-based banking based in Malaysia, Agrobank has been entrusted to provide retail banking financing solutions to improve the well-being of the agriculture communities, through its many ways including its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives appreciating the role and contributions of local authorities.

For the Kongsi Nikmat 2022 programme series, Agrobank has decided to honour the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) staff.

According to Agrobank’s chief commercial banking Azman Md Isa, the choice to honour DBKL was to appreciate the local authority’s contribution to the community in Kuala Lumpur.

“They are frontliners who ensure that everything runs smoothly within our area, despite rain or shine, and especially during the fasting month.

“They also take care of the facilities we use today. For that, we appreciate them for their sacrifices.

Nasarudin (standing left), Azman (middle) and Wang (right) with DBKL officers and Agrobank mascot.Nasarudin (standing left), Azman (middle) and Wang (right) with DBKL officers and Agrobank mascot.

“We hope to expand our access to our stakeholders as DBKL, in addition to the Agro communities, especially the unserved and the underserved communities,” he told mStar.

Through the Kongsi Nikmat 2022 programme launch, Agrobank has collaborated with mStar in order to contribute to DBKL staff.

Also present at the programme launch were DBKL Enforcement Department deputy director Nasarudin Daharun, Star Media Group chief business officer Lydia Wang and mStar News editor-in-chief Niezam Abdullah.

Azman added that apart from Kongsi Nikmat, Agrobank has also designed and implemented several other CSR programmes that will reach out to specific target communities.

“Apart from Kongsi Nikmat, we have various programmes that involve many layers of the communities, including asnaf (zakat recipients), persons with disabilities and other initiatives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is our agenda that our CSR effort will include social development, education and local communities.

“For example, during the flood disaster, we have been directly involved in helping the affected communities as most of our branches are located in rural areas, which gives us a wider reach.”

Azman also expressed hope that the Kongsi Nikmat programme will be a continuous effort for Agrobank, as this is the second year the bank has collaborated with mStar in conducting its CSR initiatives.

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