PETALING JAYA: Tamil primary schools nationwide are set to receive a whole year of sponsorship of The Star’s education pullout Step Up beginning April.
Maritime Network Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri R. Jeyenderan sponsored RM120,000, the highest amount made by an individual for the education pullout to date.
“This is a great programme for pupils, since it works on both their spoken grammar and their written skills in an interactive manner,” he said.
Jeyenderan had a head start in the language himself, thanks to his mother who was an English teacher.
“She taught me and my brother to speak proper English. We spoke English at home as a family,” he said.
But he knows only a few others are as lucky as he was. Therefore, helping to raise the level of English among Tamil school pupils is very close to his heart.
“It’s time for Tamil schools to be on par with other schools. More Tamil school pupils are now scoring straight As. With this sponsorship, I hope to help them excel even more,” he added.
His shipping company, which began operations in 2003, is based in Port Klang but has offices in Brunei and Singapore.
As chief executive officer, he also deals with international clients from Yemen, Turkey and Europe daily.
“English is the international language of business. You simply cannot do without it. Without this language, your business will be stagnant and limited to Malaysia only.
“When your command of English is good, you are free to achieve your goals anywhere in the world,” he added.
Jeyenderan said he was looking forward to working with The Star as the media company had many other value-added products he found beneficial to the nation.
Jeyenderan handed over the mock cheque to Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya, earlier this week.
Also present at the event were Star Publications (M) Bhd senior general manager (Audience Development) Henry Asokan and assistant manager (Audience Development) Fabian Martin.
Step Up, now in its fourth year, is a 24-page workbook with syllabus-based content for Years Four, Five and Six. Written by a team of English language teachers and specialists, it comes with a copy of The Star newspaper.
The pullout also features Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese translation of English words.