Shah Alam, 20 June 2014 – The UMW Group today announced the renewal of its existing partnership with MERCY Malaysia. The partnership has seen UMW provide over RM2.2 million in funds, including the supply of 5 vehicles – 3 Toyota Hilux, 1 Toyota Hiace and 1 Toyota Innova. Since 2009, the Group has also been providing manpower support through its staff volunteer initiative to MERCY Malaysia’s programmes, particularly for the rural and vulnerable communities in Sabah, Sarawak and Johor. To commemorate this occasion, a signing ceremony between UMW and MERCY Malaysia was held at UMW’s corporate headquarters in Shah Alam. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Faizal bin Mohd Perdaus, President, MERCY Malaysia and Datuk Syed Hisham bin Syed Wazir, President & Group CEO, UMW Corporation Sdn. Bhd. officiated the ceremony.For 2014, the UMW Group has allocated a budget of RM436,455.00 to MERCY Malaysia. The grant will be used to fund activities which include 6 Outreach Clinics for the indigenous community in the rural areas of Sabah and 4 Outreach Clinics in the rural areas of Sarawak. Activities typically carried out at UMW-MERCY Malaysia Outreach Clinics include dental treatment, basic health screening and treatment, eye care, pap smear, talks on basic hygiene and reproductive health, referral cases involving hypertension, diabetes and heart ailments, and fire disaster risk reduction programme. Other programmes include Medical and Nature Expeditions, IGAM seminars and, disaster and emergency relief. To-date, about 18,600 people have benefitted from the programmes jointly organised by UMW and MERCY Malaysia.
“This brings UMW’s total financial contribution to MERCY Malaysia, over the course of six years, to more than RM2.6 million. On UMW’s part, we don’t see this amount as a sponsorship or donation – it’s all part of an investment towards a better, safer, healthier and happier society. And that type of return, is priceless to say the least”, said Datuk Syed Hisham at the signing ceremony.
As an extension of UMW’s CSR efforts, its employee-volunteer programme known as the UMW Community Champions have clocked nearly 16,688 hours in service to the community and is confident of achieving an additional 5,500 hours by the end of 2014. Selected Community Champions have undergone training programmes with MERCY Malaysia and have gone on to participate in various MERCY Malaysia activities around the country.
Background on UMW
The UMW Group is an international conglomerate that develops industries, manages partnerships and facilitates growth. It is involved in four core businesses – Automotive, Equipment, Manufacturing & Engineering, and Oil & Gas.
Adopting its rallying call – Beyond Boundaries®, UMW is set to play a leading role in shaping the future of its industries globally. The Group will do this by inspiring vibrant ideas, nurturing potential, pioneering partnerships and delivering excellence in everything it does; the rewards of which will contribute to the progress and well-being of its stakeholders.
About MERCY Malaysia
MERCY Malaysia is a non?profit organisation focusing on providing medical relief, sustainable health-related development and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
MERCY Malaysia recognises the value of working with partners and volunteers as well as providing opportunities for individuals to serve with professionalism.
We uphold the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief and hold ourselves accountable to our donors and beneficiaries.
As a non?profit organisation, MERCY Malaysia relies solely on funding and donations from organizations and generous individuals to continue our services to provide humanitarian assistance to our beneficiaries.