SEREMBAN: At a time when many companies have been tightening their belts to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a property developer here has fulfilled its pledge to build a RM1.2mil multipurpose hall for a government secondary school.
The construction of the hall at SMK Tanah Merah in Port Dickson was yet another corporate social initiative by Matrix Concepts Holdings Bhd, which had also built or financed the construction of several community projects in the state.
Matrix Concepts group executive deputy chairman Datuk Lee Tian Hock said he had promised Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun that the company would build the hall when they met during an event in 2018.
"SMK Tanah Merah holds a special place in my heart as my wife, siblings, nephews and nieces studied there.
"The school is also special because it is the alma mater of the Mentri Besar.
"We should all be proud as the school has produced an MB and this will certainly motivate its students to excel," he said at a handing over ceremony witnessed by Aminuddin at Wisma Negri here Tuesday (Feb 23).
Lee said Matrix Concepts went ahead with the plan to build the hall as it had also benefited from the state government's policies.
"The state has continued to prosper under Aminuddin's leadership and this has benefited us as well.
"This is our way of thanking the state government for the initiatives it had taken," he said, adding that the 9,300 sq feet hall was named Dewan Legasi after consultations with the school administration.
Lee said construction work was completed in December last year despite the movement control order.
"Work started in February last year and was delayed by two months due to the MCO.
"In total, it took us six and a half months to complete construction," he said.
Aminuddin in his speech commended Matrix Concepts for the initiative, adding that the company had always been in the forefront to assist the state authorities.
"They had contributed during last November's flash floods and then in our fight against Covid19. It is my hope more corporations would emulate it," he said.
Aminuddin said Lee had initially pledged to build an amphitheatre but the company ended up building a more expensive hall.
"Today, we have a beautiful hall in a school located in an estate.
"This will also be a pride of the many villages that are located in the surrounding areas," he said.
Aminuddin expressed hope teachers and students at the school would be able to maximise facilities at the hall which among others has three badminton courts, a stage, changing rooms and public announcement system.
The hall, which has a 9m ceiling height, can accommodate 600 people,
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