Yayasan Petronas donates iPads to over 2,000 underprivileged students

Zulaihi (second left) handing over the iPads to a representative from the Sarawak Education Department at the Padawan District Education Office on Thursday.

KUCHING: Yayasan Petronas, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), donated an iPad each, including  data connectivity, to 2,996 underprivileged students from 16 secondary schools in Sarawak.

The contributions were part of Yayasan Petronas’ commitment to Cerdik, a pioneer CSR initiative by government-linked companies (GLCs) and government-linked investment companies (GLICs).

Cerdik is aimed at supporting lower-income families to better adjust to the new normal of online lessons, e-learning and other forms of remote teaching.

Petronas Sarawak general manager Zulaihi M Mantali said they wanted to provide equitable access to quality education for students so that no one would be left behind in the pursuit of academic excellence.

“With these contributions, we hope that more students, especially those from underprivileged and rural communities, will have better access to online lessons, especially when the country is under lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic.

“Yayasan Petronas has distributed 12,000 iPads and supporting devices worth RM30mil to 81 schools in 69 districts nationwide since May 2021. The devices come with free data services, maintenance, technical support and warranty,” he said on Thursday (July 8).

“The devices were distributed to them through the district education offices in Lundu, Bau, Padawan, Simunjan, Lubok Antu, Sarikei, Julau, Meradong, Dalat, Mukah, Bintulu, Tatau/Sebauh, Miri and Lawas from June 28 until July 6.”

The recipients were from SMK Sematan, SMK Bau, SMK Penrissen, SMK Gedong, SMK Engkilili, SMK St Anthony, SMK Bandar Sarikei, SMK Julau, SMK Julau No.2, SMK Bandar Bintangor, SMK Agama Igan, SMK Three Rivers, SMK Baru Bintulu, SMK Sebauh, SMK Pujut and SMK Trusan.