Since 2015, PPB has been engaging with Malaysia’s indigenous communities, the Orang Asli, and we remain committed in addressing their need for basic amenities and improving their living conditions. We have identified their most pressing needs – the supply of clean water, sanitation facilities, electricity and proper shelter – and are focusing our efforts in these areas. We believe that the communities benefiting from this programme should be fully involved, and we encourage them to take ownership of their own well-being and living conditions. To this end, and under the terms of our sponsorship, PPB purchases all materials whilst the communities supply the labour.
For the Jakun Orang Asli communities in Simpai and Tasik Cini in Pahang who had to travel long distances to get water for their daily needs, we started by sponsoring the construction of wells to supply clean water. The completed wells attracted more orang asli to build their homes nearby and as usage of the wells increased, bathing in open areas became inconvenient. To safeguard their privacy and promote hygiene, we progressed to sponsoring a bathrooms with two toilets complete with septic tanks for each well recipient. In 2019, PPB sponsored zinc roofs and wood panels to transform their dilapidated huts to a respectable home.
In Gerik, Perak, where clean water can be readily obtained from nearby streams, we sponsored the building of higher dams and piping systems to provide more convenient access. We have also sponsored the installation of solar panels to ensure electricity supply, as well as saplings and farming tools to assist in their farming activities. To date, PPB has invested approximately RM202,000 to sponsor construction of the following:
The PPB50 Fund set up by PPB in conjunction with PPB’s 50th Anniversary celebration and managed by Kuok Foundation, aims to alleviate poverty through education. One of the projects under the PPB50 Fund, the “Back to School” project was held in Bedong, Kedah from 4 to 6 November 2019. 1,416 needy students from 23 primary schools were each given a set of school uniform and shoes under this project. PPB hopes that this contribution would encourage children from poor families to continue with their education.
On 18 October 2019, staff from PPB Group Berhad and Kuok Foundation Berhad volunteered to assist in the Educare Project, an annual project by the PPB-KF Welfare Fund for Perlis. Under the project, 700 needy schoolchildren from 7 primary schools in Arau, Perlis were given a school bag, a set of stationery and vouchers worth RM100 each redeemable for school uniforms, shoes and other school items.
The Educare Project which was launched in 2011, has provided aid to more than 8,000 schoolchildren in Perlis todate. The PPB-KF Welfare Fund for Perlis which was established by PPB and managed by Kuok Foundation, is a RM10 million endowment fund donated by PPB for charitable and welfare activities to benefit underprivileged and needy Malaysians in the state of Perlis.