KUALA LUMPUR: Instead of going ahead with a grand celebration for the official opening of their HP Towers yesterday, the management and staff of Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn Bhd opted to give money allocated for the event to The Star Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund instead.
The company has donated a total of RM500,000 to help victims of the disaster by channelling a significant portion of the sum set aside for the opening, a gala dinner for employees and related sponsorships, to the fund.
This amount also included contributions from the staff, which the company had matched ringgit-for-ringgit.
“It touched me deeply when HP Malaysia employees suggested that we forego the event to aid tsunami survivors,” said the company's managing director, T.F. Chong, before presenting a mock cheque for RM500,000 to Star Publications (M) Bhd deputy group general manager Datin Linda Ngiam at the opening of HP Towers.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, who officiated the opening, also witnessed the handing-over.
Meanwhile, Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd donated RM114,000 to the fund, which will go the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
“We wanted to make a difference for tsunami survivors,” said its communications and public affairs manager Eliza Mohamed after handing over a cheque for the donation.
Patimas Computers Bhd gave RM60,000, to be given to Mercy Malaysia.
“The disaster has made us appreciate life more. We complain that we're in a bad state, but it's nothing compared to what the survivors are going through,” said group chief operating officer Datuk E.K. Lim.