KUALA LUMPUR: Following the example set by their company in aiming to raise RM1mil for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar), Sunrise Berhad staff have been coming forward to support the Sunrise-Utar Fund Raising Campaign.
On Thursday, the first day of the week-long effort among Sunrise staff, 45 employees donated a total of RM7,000. Some wrote cheques while others pledged contributions from their salary this month.
The Sunrisers hoped to spur the public to do the same through their enthusiastic support of the campaign to raise funds for the Utar building fund.
Among the contributors were four former Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College students who were excited over Utars establishment.
Sunrise company secretary Chan Tze Leong said that Utar had its similarities to TAR College but that the university would have a larger scope as it offered degree programmes.
TAR College gave us not only a good education and the right atmosphere to study but (also) built good character among its students, and I think it will be the same for Utar.
What we are giving today is a small part in helping the future generation pursue their education. Nevertheless, it will go a long way towards this aim and everyone should do their bit, he said.
The other graduates who contributed included Sunrise project and construction services scheduler Goh Wee Sien, who joined Sunrise right after graduating in 1993; senior contract executive Low Seok Yee, who also graduated almost 10 years ago; and secretarial assistant to the company secretary Tan Jun Mi, who graduated in 1999.
Tan said Utar students would inherit the same positive characteristics of TAR College students.
Head of human resources Alice Teh agreed, adding that Sunrise had taken in about 20 interns from the college over the past two years and found that they were all hardworking and diligent.
We hope to extend the internship programme to include Utar students as well, she said.
Head of construction services Seow Lit Fong said the establishment of Utar had become a reality after years of talk and this had prompted him to contribute to what he felt would be a great institution.
Sunrise, which has almost 300 staff at its headquarters at Plaza Mont Kiara, was recently named one of this year's 10 Best Employers in Malaysia as part of a survey by global human resources consulting firm Hewitt Associates on the best employers in Asia.
Under the Sunrise-Utar campaign, Sunrise has pledged to match the donations with its own contribution of up to RM500,000.
A series of articles sponsored by Sunrise is also being published in The Star every Saturday and Sunday until July 27 to raise awareness on the importance of education. The public can contribute to the campaign through donation forms that accompany the articles.
The ABC Market Charity Recycling Day will be held today at the ABC Market in Plaza Mont Kiara as part of the campaign. The public can bring recyclable items and donate their cash incentives to the fund. Activities planned for the day include a quiz, an Alam Flora Mini-Exhibition, a Be Creative & Innovative contest and a charity auction.