Empowering Orang Asli Children through Habitual Reading

(From left) Marco Neelsen, PTP Chief Executive Officer, Sr. Dzulkefly Bin Ahmad, Johor State EXCO of Housing, Communication & Multimedia, Hj. Aminolhuda Bin Hj. Hassan, Johor State EXCO of Education, Human Resources, Science and Technology, Azman Bin Adnan, Director of Johor Education Department, Haji Rosnan Bin Fathlal, Chairman of Lembaga Pelabuhan Johor, Faisal Long, Director of Orang Asli Development, Johari Syuhadak, Headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Ladang Pendas and Mario Escobar, Managing Director of Pelepas Terminal Inland Services with the students of SK Ladang Pendas in the Container Library

Tri-way CSR effort brought in a much needed multipurpose (container) library to a school

Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), Johor Port Authority (JPA) and Pelepas Terminal Inland Services Sdn Bhd (PTIS) collaborated for a collective effort in building and handing over a container library to Sekolah Kebangsaan Ladang Pendas (SK Ladang Pendas), Gelang Patah, Johor as a part of their joint CSR education-based project for 2019.

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Aiming to bring reading and studying in a comfortable and conducive setting possible for more than 80 students mostly comprising the Orang Asli community, the project was initiated after PTP and JPA found that the school is in need of a proper functioning library seeing they only have racks of books placed outdoor that were often damaged by heavy rains and wind.

More than 80 students would benefit from the Container Library that can be converted to Audio/Visual room as well

The handover event took place at the school and was officiated by Aminolhuda Hassan, Johor State Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman who represented the Johor MB with the presence of Sr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Johor Housing, Communication and Multimedia Committee chairman, Rosnan Fathlal, Chairman of JPA, Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer of PTP and Mario Alberto Martinez, Managing Director of PTIS.

“Instead of giving money directly to a contractor to build the library, we built it ourselves by paying for the materials and getting our people to collaborate with more than 100 volunteers from JPA and PTIS to build the library,” said Marco Neelsen. The project began in August 2019 which then received further boost from PTIS with their expertise in workmanship and repairs.

The library was decorated by members of Page One Academy, and is equipped with air conditioning system, complete with book racks, chairs and tables and a wide range of publications suitable for children. The 40×40 container library is able to fit a maximum of 30 children at once.