PETALING JAYA: The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia has received RM102,216.96 from Tomei Consolidated Bhd to commemorate the organisation's 50th anniversary and in support of its conservation efforts.
The donation was from the sale of the company's limited-edition gold coin collection to mark the occasion; WWF Malaysia turned 50 in January last year.
The collection features a set of four gold coins, each engraved with an endangered species of Malaysia: the sea turtle, orangutan, Borneo elephant and Malayan tiger. Only 300 sets were manufactured from recycled gold, where gold traded in by customers is melted and remade.
The drive is part of the exclusive Tomei Care project, where a minimum contribution of RM50,000 is pledged, along with 2% of the selling price of each collection sold.
In addition to supporting WWF Malaysia’s ongoing efforts in conservation, it is also to celebrate the upcoming World Environment Day on June 5.
Tomei Consolidated Bhd managing director Datuk Ng Yih Pyng presented a mock cheque for the amount to WWF Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Sophia Lim here on Thursday (June 1).
Tomei's independent non-executive director Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad said the company has been practising environmental sustainability in its daily operations for many years.
"We have taken various efforts and initiatives to raise environmental awareness among our customers.
"Today’s occasion also marks a notable milestone for Tomei as we are celebrating our 55th anniversary. It is even more meaningful since the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day is also right around the corner," she said in her speech.
She added that WWF Malaysia has agreed with Tomei to continue the collaboration for the sale of the remaining 129 sets of the limited-edition gold coin collection.
WWF Malaysia director of partnerships Helina Yow said the proceeds would certainly aid its conservation work, ranging from protecting Malaysia’s forests and wildlife from degradation and extinction to mitigating climate change.
"Businesses and financial institutions can be the world’s strongest positive forces for sustainability. Globally and in Malaysia, businesses are embracing sustainability values.
"This is why we applaud this initiative and thank Tomei for acknowledging the need to balance environmental and economic needs," she added.
Also at the event were Tomei Consolidated Bhd independent non-executive chairman Raja Tan Sri Aman Raja Ahmad, YX Precious Metals Bhd independent non-executive chairman Puan Sri Nonadiah Abdullah, WWF Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, and WWF Malaysia director of partnerships Helina Yow.