SEB donates RM1.1 mln to Disaster Fund

Abang Johari (third left) receiving the mock cheque from Siti Aishah. From left are Marconi, Abdul Hamed and Sharbini.

KUCHING: A total of RM1.1 million from Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) was donated to the Sarawak Disaster Fund in combating the Covid-19 pandemic as well as to assist those affected by it.

SEB staff pooled together RM43,238.53 in individual contributions and the company matched the amount to round to RM100,000, and also contributed its centenary celebration budget of RM1 million to the fund for a total of RM1.1 million.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg received the mock cheque from SEB at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Friday (Sept 3).

The mock cheque was handed over to Abang Johari by SEB senior vice president for corporate services Siti Aisah Adenan.

“This is a heartfelt gesture from our staff as well as our company. Everyone is going through challenging times and now is not the time to celebrate,” said SEB group chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili.

“These funds would be better served by helping to alleviate the distress of those most in need,” he added in a statement.

Sharbini further explained as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to cause hardship, the company decided not to hold centenary celebrations this year out of respect for those affected.

“To complement ongoing initiatives to help the rakyat such as utility discounts, the state government had launched the Sarawak Disaster Fund, which aims to ease the sufferings of those hit hardest by the pandemic,” he said.

Also present were SEB’s chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi and senior vice president for health, safety, security and environment Marconi Madai.