PHOTO - Ti-Ratana Orphanage group - A group of orphans from Ti-Ratana Orphanage - who were the recipient of the prestigious IBM Catalyst Award - displaying the results of their project to create usable items from recyclable materials, with volunteers from IBM Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 JUNE 2011 - Technology giant IBM Malaysia has celebrated the close of its '50 Days of Service' with Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM - Department of Social Welfare), it said. The community service started on 28 April at several charity homes under JKM such as Asrama Akhlak Sentosa (for underprivileged children), Taman Sinar Harapan Cheras (for people with disabilities), and Pusat Jagaan Harian Warga Emas (for the elderly).
The programme is part of IBM's 50th anniversary in Malaysia - the company was established in Malaysia on 21 June 1961 - and its global centennial celebrations, said IBM Malaysia chief financial officer Noorliza Abu Bakar. "IBM's entire workforce has committed at least eight hours of volunteer work throughout 2011 to commemorate the Corporation's centennial. IBM, which was founded on 16 June 1911, is also marking its Centennial with several global initiatives to engage in new ways with business leaders, academia, clients, and local communities in the 170 countries where the Corporation does business."
"IBM has a deep heritage of making substantive contribution to communities, starting with the company's founder, Thomas Watson Sr.," said Noorliza. "Rather than just looking back into our rich history as a company, IBM encourages its employees to apply their expertise to civic challenges and societal needs in their local communities to mark our Centennial and IBM Malaysia's 50th anniversary."
"We thank JKM for this partnership that will help drive our national agenda of improving the lives of those in need," she said. "More importantly, we are very proud of our employees who have contributed their time, skills, and experience to address critical local community challenges and societal needs. In 2011 alone, IBMers in Malaysia have pledged more than 13,000 hours for volunteer community service to date. The company has also enlisted its business partners and clients as part of the celebration."
Hadzir b. Md Zain, director-general, Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, said: "Development and social welfare cannot be seen as the sole responsibility of the government. We, at the Social Welfare Department and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, strongly encourage the corporate sectors to create the synergy needed to carry out the said responsibility. Thus we applaud IBM Malaysia's efforts in encouraging their employees to do their part in helping the community."
"The Honorable Prime Minister also announced the importance of practising corporate social responsibility (CSR) and has created a special award known as 'The Prime Minister CSR Award'," said Hadzir. "This award gives recognition to companies that have brought about positive impact through social support and community services in implementing the respective CSR programme."
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