Mohd Muazzam (background, centre) and the students with their tablets provided by Bank Islam and BIMB to help them with online learning.

BANK Islam Malaysia Berhad and its parent company BIMB Holdings Berhad provided 35 mobile tablets equipped with Internet data plan to visually-challenged families in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

The delivery on Monday was part of the total 1,000 tablets that the bank and BIMB allocated for students from selected asnaf (underprivileged communities), flood victims and disabled families nationwide to enable home-based learning.

Visually-impaired Kong Meng Fatt showing how he uses the tablet.Visually-impaired Kong Meng Fatt showing how he uses the tablet.

Bank Islam and BIMB have been giving out the devices in stages since Feb 19 this year. The initiative – in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 4: Quality Education – utilises funds from BIMB, zakat, Bank Islam’s corporate responsibility arm AMAL, and the bank’s social finance public crowdfunding platform Sadaqa House.

“Even though schools are reopening gradually, we believe that these tablets will continue to be useful for students, ” said Bank Islam and BIMB chief executive officer Mohd Muazzam Mohamed.

“The Covid-19 situation in the country is still uncertain, and likely to cause the learning process to go online to curb the spread of the disease among students. Concerned with the challenges faced by students, we are donating the tablets equipped with a four-month Internet data plan to ensure that they don’t miss out on their studies.

“As a bank that advances prosperity for all, Bank Islam emphasises efforts towards bringing prosperity to customers from all walks of life and the community where we operate in, disregarding race and religion.

“Education is one of our main focuses as we believe that it is an important tool in upgrading society’s quality of life, especially for the underprivileged segment. Aligned with digital transformation in the education sector, we hope the contribution we have made will bridge the existing digital gap, ” he said.

Mohd Muazzam added: “Bank Islam is grateful for this opportunity to make the students happy, while at the same time ease the burden faced by the families in obtaining the devices. The bank is committed to distributing these devices to students nationwide and to date, 500 devices have been given away.”

This initiative under AMAL and Sadaqa House is in collaboration with Bank Islam’s strategic partners – Malaysian Foundation for the Blind, state education departments, district education offices, state zakat authorities, Pertubuhan Dakwah Islamiah Sekolah–Sekolah Malaysia and Celcom Axiata Berhad.

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