KUDAT – PETRONAS reached out to underprivileged members of the community here under its signature corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, Sentuhan Kasih, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations recently.
The assistance were presented to 112 less fortunate people at the Kudat Community based Rehabilitation (PDK) centre as well as 220 families who were affected by the floods in January.
Special Task Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang who officiated the programme on 14 March lauded the effort carried out by PETRONAS.
“It is heartening to see PETRONAS actively carrying out its CSR programmes, such as the Sentuhan Kasih which has now reached Kudat.”
“I have been following PETRONAS’ CSR programmes closely and understand that they are centred on education, community well-being and environment. This is indeed appropriate and something that is very relevant to Sabah,” he said.
Teo, who is also the Tanjung Kapor assemblyman presented the contributions that included basic food items for the flood-affected families in Kampung Andap Jawa, Kampung Narandang and Kampung Korina and handed ang pow to recipients at the Kudat PDK Centre. Other contributions distributed at the event included cooking gas cylinders to selected community centres in the area.
Also present were General Manager, Public Affairs, PETRONAS Group Strategic Communication Mizhan Azri Masri, and General Manager of PETRONAS Sabah and Labuan Regional Office Julita Ontol.
The two-day Sentuhan Kasih programme started with a series of activities which included a disaster preparedness talk by the Fire and Rescue Department and first aid awareness by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
PETRONAS staff volunteers also carried out a ‘gotong-royong’ at the Kudat PDK centre, giving it much-needed refurbishment and a fresh coat of paint.
The Sentuhan Kasih is an annual programme which was piloted in 2005. It was initiated and designed by PETRONAS not only to continue the company’s tradition of reaching out to the less privileged members of the community during the festive seasons, but more importantly to nurture and enhance the spirit of giving and volunteerism among its employees.
PETRONAS currently has a growing pool of volunteers among its staff who participate in its community relations and development initiatives, giving more meaning to all these programmes.
In Sabah, the Sentuhan Kasih programme started in 2006 and has since reached out to communities around the state during festival seasons such as Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Kaamatan and Christmas. – SayangSabah