Monday, June 27, 2022

Charities, NGOs receive financial aid from STIDC

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: Sixty-two charitable organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) received contributions amounting to RM286,000 from the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and its subsidiaries.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the contributions were aimed at supporting the organisations financially in their activities as well as help those in need.

“Hopefully the contributions can help them in carrying out activities more actively and effectively, especially in channelling the funds to their members and the public who need assistance and support,” he said while officiating at the ‘Sumbangan Derma STIDC’ event at Wisma Sumber Alam yesterday (April 22).

Awang Tengah noted that the COVID-19 pandemic not only affected public health and safety but also the community’s economy.

“Due to the pandemic, many industries had to close down and many entrepreneurs are still struggling to survive, including STIDC’s own subsidiaries.

“Nevertheless, we are grateful that even though we face many problems and challenges, corporations, state governments and the federal government came forward and are extending assistance to individuals.

“It is hoped that more statutory bodies, government agencies and the corporate sector will also come forward to jointly contribute to organisations, charities and NGOs,” he said, adding that STIDC would continue with its corporate social responsibility and implement more community-based programmes.

Separately, Awang Tengah expressed his gratitude that the country was now in the endemic phase which benefited the industry and entrepreneurs.

The endemic phase, he noted, allowed Muslims to perform Taraweeh prayers in mosques and give the people a chance to revive their economic position through Ramadan bazaars.

“Nevertheless, though we are in an endemic phase, I hope the public will always stay vigilant, especially when the Hari Raya celebration is just around the corner.

“We hope everyone will comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs). We do not want another movement control order (MCO) to be implemented again,” he said.


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