PROPERTY development company UEM Land Holdings Bhd recently brought cheer to two orang asli communities in Tapah, Perak, by handing over school uniforms and supplies under its inaugural “Back To School” programme.
The ceremony was graced by Ayer Kuning assemblyman Datuk Samsudin Abu Hassan and attended by 100 guests from the Kampung Sungai Geroyang and Kampung Sungai Merbau.
Also in attendance was UEM Land corporate communication department head Nik Surina Suria, who was representing managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim as well as representatives from Tapah District Council, Tapah District Police Station and Batang Padang District Orang Asli Development Department.
The programme serves to ease the burden of the families involved in the preparation of their children for this year’s school session.
A total of 50 school-going children aged between seven and 17 received school uniforms, school shoes, school bags, stationery and other items worth RM500 per person.
The programme is an extension of UEM Land’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) mission to Tapah. Earlier in April 2012, UEM Land contributed more than RM30,000 to upgrade Desa Tapah Road Library.
In August, UEM Land contributed a total of RM25,000 to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-Anak Yatim Darul Aitam for the refurbishment and maintenance of the orphanage’s multi-purpose hall.
UEM Land, which currently holds 1,011.71ha of reserved landbank in Tapah, plans to increase its community outreach in the area by organising more programmes that are in line with its CSR mission.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, we are always mindful of the role we play towards communities in the areas we operate and Tapah is no different,” said Nik Surina.
“Our presence here is a gesture of our commitment to the Tapah community and our sincere intention of improving the livelihood of those in the vicinity through various community building programmes such as this.”