Shah Alam, 15 May 2013 – UMW Holdings Berhad announced today its extension of its joint efforts with the Government in the PINTAR programme for the year 2013. PINTAR or Promoting Intelligence, Nurturing Talent and Advocating Responsibility is aimed at fostering excellence amongst underprivileged students in rural areas.
UMW’s involvement in the programme came as early as 2007 when they adopted 2 schools in Pulau Pinang with a total of 753 beneficiaries. UMW is the premier partner of Yayasan PINTAR and have spent almost RM900,000 towards the programme from 2007 to 2012. Up until 2012, it has been recorded that over 11,000 students from the 16 adopted schools have benefitted from 3-year adoption programme.
Datuk Syed Hisham Syed Wazir, President & Group CEO, UMW Holdings Berhad said that the UMW Group has allocated RM220,000 towards the PINTAR programme this year that will benefit more than three thousand students. The funds will be used to help the adopted schools manage and organise UPSR motivational camps, extra tuition classes as well as workbooks and parent-teacher engagement programmes.
This year, UMW will adopt five more schools to its PINTAR programme. The recipients for the year 2013-2015 are from SK Bandar Banting, Banting (Selangor) , SJK (T) Sungai Renggam, Shah Alam (Selangor), SK Batu Laut, Kuala Langat (Selangor), SJK (C) Moh Ghee Cawangan, Georgetown (P. Pinang) and SK Kati, Kuala Kangsar (Perak)
As part of acknowledging 2012’s performance, a token of appreciation will also be given to three students from each adopted school who did well in last year’s UPSR examination. An award will also be given to SK Bukit Cheding (A) for successfully beating more than 300 schools at the National level of the PINTAR BattleBot Challenge 2012.
Present to officiate the launch was Chairman of Yayasan PINTAR, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad Ayub, representatives from Yayasan PINTAR and Khazanah Nasional Berhad as well as students and teachers from the recently adopted schools.