UOB Malaysia brings Ramadan cheer to 450 underprivileged students in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, 14 June 2019 – United Overseas Bank Malaysia Bhd (UOB Malaysia) held its annual Aidilfitri outreach activity last month for 450 underprivileged students from the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Puteri Ampang1, Kuala Lumpur.
More than 20 colleagues from UOB Malaysia’s Islamic Banking and Bumiputera Business Banking teams prepared and distributed bubur lambuk to these students. Bubur lambuk is a special rice porridge dish that is popular during the month of Ramadan2 and typically eaten by Muslims when they break their fast (buka puasa). UOB Malaysia colleagues also joined the students for prayers before handing out Raya money packets and goodies to help them prepare for the end of Ramadan and to welcome Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the celebration that marks the end of the fasting month.
Mr Mohd Fhauzi Muridan, Executive Director and Country Head of Islamic Banking, UOB Malaysia, said the UOB Aidilfitri outreach activity reflects the Bank’s commitment to support local communities, especially in the areas of children and education.
“At UOB Malaysia, it is our tradition to give back to the community every year. We are pleased to be able to do our part and to spend our time meaningfully during the holy month of Ramadan. Through this annual UOB Aidilfitri outreach activity, we aim to bring some festive cheer to the children of SMK Puteri Ampang and to help them have a memorable and enjoyable Hari Raya Aidilfitri.”
YM Raja Norazam Binti Raja Salleh, Principal of SMK Puteri Ampang, said, “We are happy to see companies such as UOB Malaysia focus their efforts on giving back to the community. Our students not only enjoyed the day but they were also able to develop their confidence and social skills through their interaction with the volunteers from UOB Malaysia.”
The UOB Aidilfitri outreach activity is part of UOB Malaysia’s Heartbeat Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme, which demonstrates the Bank’s long-term commitment to the communities in which it operates through partnership, philanthropy and participation initiatives. The UOB Malaysia Heartbeat CSR Programme comprises a number of key initiatives, including the annual UOB Islamic Banking Aidilfitri outreach activity, UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk event, the UOB Commercial Banking Lunar New Year outreach event and the UOB Heartbeat Employee Volunteerism programme.
1 SMK Puteri Ampang, Kuala Lumpur was established in 1964 and currently has more than 800 female students from 13 to 18 years of age. More than half of its students are from socially and economically-challenged backgrounds.
2 Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting.