A Focal Point for Perak Orang Asli
A well-equipped resource centre for Orang Asli finally became a reality, thanks to contributions from MHC Plantations Bhd. Pusat Kecemerlangan Pendidikan Orang Asli Perak (PKPOAP), or the Perak Orang Asli Educational Excellence Centre, is dedicated to serving the educational and community needs of the Orang Asli community in Perak.
The centre stands on approximately two acres of land and has a built-up area of 4,740 sq ft. It features rooms set up as kindergarten, computer lab and library, classroom and office. Situated in the Orang Asli village of Kampung Kerawat, the PKPOAP is easy to locate along the Simpang Pulai – Cameron Highlands Road.
The resource centre is run by Perak Orang Asli Foundation (YOAP), with academic support from the Humana Child Aid Society (Humana).
IT Bestari Centre Ground Breaking Ceremony
officiated by YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
YOAP is a non-government organisation registered as a company limited by guarantee, with no share capital. YOAP's objective is to promote various educational institutions from lower to higher level and to promote social, cultural and economic development of Perak Orang Asli. It was founded on 24th January 1995 by a group of Orang Asli committed to improving the quality of life of their community. Humana is a non-profit and non-religious NGO company that has been providing education for over 8,000 children living in plantations and other remote areas far from normal schools, mainly in Sabah.
“PKPOAP is to serve primarily the nearby communities of about 1,000 Orang Asli Semai and Temiar living in the villages of Kampung Kerawat, Kampung Sinju, Kampung Sejam, Pos Raia, Kampung Lalang, Pos Slim and Kampung Pawong. However, the rest of the Perak Orang Asli would also be able to benefit from it,” said YOAP chairman Dato’ Suki Mee.
He thanked MHC Plantations for the generous donation to the Orang Asli community.In furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility program for the Orang Asli Community, the Group has contributed RM150,000 to Yayasan Orang Asli Perak Berhad to build a hall known as "DEWAN PUSAT KECEMERLANGAN PENDIDIKAN ORANG ASLI PERAK (PKPOAP) SUMBANGAN MHC PLANTATIONS BHD". The mock cheque was presented during the Opening Ceremony of Anson Oil Mill in the presence of the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia, YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
From Strength to Strength
In October 2011, UNICEF representative Mr Hans Olsen visited the Cepatwawasan-Humana Education Resource Centre (“CERC”). He was impressed to see the contribution of Cepatwawasan Group Berhad through the CERC to the children living in and around its plantation.
PKPOAP came about as MHC Plantations was building on its previous Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) success in East Malaysia.
“It was inspired by the Cepatwawasan – Humana Resource Centre that serves mainly the Orang Sungai community in Sabah,” said MHC Plantations managing director Dato’ Seri Mah King Thian.
“Our associated plantation company Cepatwawasan Group Berhad had developed that education resource centre in Segaliud, Sandakan, which is very successful. And we feel that such a resource centre could also benefit the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia,” he added.
Committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities
Acting as the CSR-arm of MHC Plantations is the Dato' Seri Mah Pooi Soo Benevolent Fund. It was set up to ensure the company activities not only benefit its shareholders but also its employees, the community and the environment.
The Dato' Seri Mah Pooi Soo Benevolent Fund is dedicated to the advancement of education and religion, relief of poverty and other purposes beneficial to the community.
Over the years, MHC Plantations and its associated and related companies have extended their CSR efforts to support numerous other causes including:
• Langkap Old Folks Home Building
• Teluk Intan Public Library Building
• Bandar Behrang Mosque Building and Land
• Behrang Hindu Temple Building and Land
• Hulu Bernam Rural Library Building
• Contribution of Land and Funds for the new Tanjong Malim Municipal Council Office Building
• A new Tamil School at Bandar Behrang 2020
• The Perak Orang Asli Educational Excellenace Centre and The Perak Orang Asli Community Hall
The Group is working with the Borneo Child Aid Society, Sabah (HUMANA) in Sandakan to provide basic education and care for children of foreign plantation workers, who are unable to enrol in the Malaysian national schools. The Group has constructed a hostel that can accommodate 40 to 50 students on a "gotong royong" basis with the local community in Kota Marudu, Sabah. Besides, the Group is partnering with Persatuan Kebajikan Pendidikan Kanak-Kanak Miskin Masyarakat Orang Asli Perak to provide basic education and care for the children of Orang Asli.
In furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility program for the local community, the Group has contributed RM200,000 through the Fund to a Mosque in Bandar Behrang for its renovation works during 2013. The Group has also built a new learning centre costing approximately RM200,000 for the children of foreign plantation workers, who are unable to enrol in national schools, at its estate in Beaufort, Sabah in 2013.
The Group is proud of its contribution towards environmentally sustainable milling by constructing and operating a modern oil mill that incorporates the latest processing and effluent treatment technologies. Anson Oil Mill integrated with a Biogas Power Plant generates green electricity for its own consumption and its workers' quarters by using renewable resources through the trapping of methane gas from palm oil mill effluent instead of fossil fuel, thereby mitigating the emission of greenhouse gases. There is Zero discharge to the river as the final discharge is to land application through a system of drip irrigation. As such, no effluent is discharged to the river.