RM200,000 boost for association building

CIMB Foundation contributed RM200,000 to The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) in support of their bid to raise funds for a new premises.

The new 12-storey building, which will be built in Sri Kembangan, Selangor, will house a historic Chinese museum, library, reading room, information and research rooms, meetings rooms, conference hall and a multi-purpose banquet hall.

Huazong, a non-profit organisation founded by the 13 state Chinese assembly halls in Malaysia in late 1991.

It was established to promote goodwill and unity among the various races in the country via greater cultural exchange initiatives.

It is also to assist its members and the Chinese community on matters of interests such as government policies and implementations; as well as to strengthen the bilateral ties between Malaysia and China, among others.

It has however, been a long-awaited bid for Huazong to build its own premises, having operated under the same roof as the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall for the past 19 years.

“Our contribution to Huazong is part of our ongoing efforts to work with the Chinese community, in support of the development of its culture, education and social-economic standing.

“We are glad that we are able to aid Huazong in their quest to better serve its members and the community,” said CIMB Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Nazir Razak at a cheque presentation ceremony.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of Huazong was its president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah.

Also present were Huazong vice-president Datuk Cheng Lai Hock, and CIMB Bank head of Commer-cial Banking Ahmad Shazli Kamarulzaman.

Nazir also announced that the public can now donate directly towards Huazong’s cause for a building fund via CIMB Cares — the bank’s online donation portal.

“CIMB Cares bridges the gap between charitable organisations and generous donors. We look forward to seeing the public utilise this service and lend a helping hand to Huazong and other deserving causes,” said Nazir.

With CIMB Cares, CIMB Bank customers can donate a minimum of RM10 via their personal accounts on CIMB Clicks while customers of other banks can also participate through CIMB Clicks, facilitated by the MEPS FPX mechanism (debit payment for internet banking). This online donation portal is also equipped with auto debit and standing instructions for those who wish to donate regularly.

“CIMB’s donation towards Huazong’s building fund is an example of how a successful corporate giant can contribute towards the community.

“We understand that CIMB is a corporate which has always been contributing towards the community’s education and charity projects, and upholds the principle of reciprocating what it received from society,” said Pheng.

“The Malaysian Chinese community appreciates individuals and companies who donate or contribute to charitable causes. In this regard, I would like to commend CIMB’s support towards Huazong’s fundraising drive,” he added.

For further information on how to contribute towards Huazong’s building fund via CIMB Cares, visit www.cimbclicks.com.my or call CIMB Bank call centre at 1300 880 900.

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