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Media: New Straits Times


Section: News 

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holdings Bhd (CIMB group) and its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, CIMB Foundation are providing RM10 million in pandemic aid via its Komuniti Kita Covid-19 Relief project. 


Of the total, RM9 million would be funded collectively by CIMB Foundation and CIMB group, while the remaining RM1 million will be raised from an employee donation drive. 


CIMB group said the funds would be used to provide support to the national healthcare system and expand the group's CSR initiatives for communities in need across Malaysia. 


Out of the RM10 million, RM5 million has been committed, while the remaining amount will be earmarked for later use in the ongoing battle against the impacts of a possible prolonged pandemic. 


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A total of RM3 million has been allocated towards upgrading medical facilities in the fight against Covid-19. 


Of this amount, RM1.6 million is already being deployed through collaboration with Mercy Malaysia to provide medical and non-medical support, including the conversion of facilities into Covid-19/ICU wards, for relevant Covid-19 facilities. 


CIMB group has started mobilising RM2 million in essential food provisions with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for individuals and families to provide temporary sustenance until the pandemic situation improves and they can start rebuilding their livelihoods. 


The NGOs included the Lost Food Project, Food Aid Foundation, Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia, the Malaysian Relief Agency, Persatuan Bencana Alam Negeri Kedah and Yayasan Nurjiwa.


CIMB group chairman Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad said: "We hope our contribution, even if only in some small way, will help to address some of the challenges faced by our healthcare system and alleviate the burdens of those affected by the pandemic."


CIMB Foundation chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof said the foundation would continue to pursue purposes beneficial to the community, in line with its key impact pillar of health and community well-being. 


MERCY Malaysia president Proffesor Datuk Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said the pandemic had demonstrated the value of public-private-civil society partnerships in helping the country manage and recover from the healthcare crisis. 


Yayasan Nurjiwa founder Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza said a mother, she felt deeply affected seeing families with children affected by the pandemic.


"What we have been striving for and focused on is helping children because they require attention in terms of essential needs such as food and drinks (milk), and I truly hope this contribution will be able to ease the burden of these families while bringing joy to the children," she added.



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