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Malaysian AEON Foundation Continues to Support Malaysians In Need

by K. Vatsala Devi

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has shown its full support to the 2nd phase of the Malaysian AEON Foundation’s (MAF) ‘Sayap Bagimu’, a sustainability initiative designed to support Malaysians in need who are impacted by the pandemic.

Due to the pandemic, schools were forced to close to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus and this has resulted in education being delivered via online learning. Based on a survey conducted by the MOE involving 900,000 students, it was found that 36.9% of them do not have any electronic devices to support the students’ home-based learning.

Malaysian AEON Foundation Serves The Community

On 15 September 2021, MAF launched ‘Sayap Bagimu’ Phase 1 through a virtual ceremony which was officiated by Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin, Senior Minister Education. MAF spearheaded Phase 1 of the initiative by contributing 2,000 units Samsung Galaxy Tab worth RM1 million sponsored by AEON CO. (M) BHD.

For Phase 2, the Handover Ceremony was officiated by Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin, Senior Minister Education at the Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (Kampus Darulaman) which was attended by Datuk Yusran Shah Mohd Yusof, Secretary-General Ministry of Education; Datin Sri Hajah Nor Zamani Abdol Hamid, Director-General Education Malaysia; Tuan Haji Rozaini Ahmad, Kedah State Education Director; Hardian Hadir, CEO for Yayasan Didik Negara; Noorul Syifa Mohd Isa, Head of Community and Nation Building, Yayasan TM; Wong Kin Lun, CEO for Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa and Ng Eng Kiat, Chairman AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad.

Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin, Senior Minister Education said. “We are aware of the challenges faced following the implementation of home-based teaching and learning (“PdPR”). We also understand that there are students who do not have any access to proper technology infrastructure such as gadgets with an internet connection, which may result in the students losing the learning opportunities which they can have previously at school”.

He added, “As we can see, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of technology in transforming how students learn, it is important for us to take into account the constraints faced by the students. Therefore, we are optimistic that the ‘Sayap Bagimu’ initiative will benefit these students so that nobody will get left behind.”

Phases 1 & 2 of Malaysian AEON Foundation

For ‘Sayap Bagimu’ Phase 2, AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad. through MAF will be contributing another 2,000 units of Samsung tablets to be distributed to Form 3 students in Kedah, Perlis, Perak, Selangor, Putrajaya, Kelantan, Melaka, Johor and Sabah complete with unifi Mobile internet connections and online tuition classes similar to Phase 1.

Datin Noryahwati Mohd. Noh, President of MAF said, “From all of us here at the Foundation, we are very grateful to have the chance to continue helping students from low-income families to be better equipped to succeed in their studies. We would like to thank the MOE, State Education Departments, and District Education Offices, the principals, and teachers who are involved for their utmost support and cooperation. We are also indebted to our main partner, Yayasan TM, and our supporter, Yayasan Peneraju and Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa in making this initiative an unprecedented success.”

The foundation helps those in need

Ng Eng Kiat, Chairman of AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad expressed, “As a company that strives to put the community first, we are more than pleased to have been given the opportunity to support the ‘Sayap Bagimu’ initiative. This cause is in line with our efforts to uphold the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG Goal 4) in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Together, we hope to continue supporting the lives of the underserved and underprivileged. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Education, MAF and all our facilitating partners for their support”.

Phase 1 contributions were handed over to Form 5 students from eligible low-income families in seven states, namely the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Perak and Sarawak. All items were handed over through their respective state education departments involving 292 schools.

During the same event, Malaysian AEON Foundation also handed over 500,000 face mask contribution to Yayasan Didik Negara worth RM60,000 for distribution among students from low-income families.

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