Hartalega and MERCY Malaysia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to embark on a Health Outreach Programme, which aims to provide basic health and medical assistance to the Orang Asli Kampung Bukit Baja community in Sepang. This will include health screenings, distribution of essential medicines and hygiene kits, dental clinics, and health and hygiene educational sessions.
The programme is also intended to improve the healthy literacy level of the community through quarterly medical camps, with the approval and counsel of Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Sepang. This is deemed pivotal to achieve sustainable results, as the remote location of Kampung Bukit Baja makes access to healthcare services difficult.
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, Hartalega has contributed a total of RM75,000 towards the funding of the programme. Along with this, in the spirit of volunteerism, Hartalega staff, who are fondly known as ‘Hartanians’, will play a key role as active participants. They will be trained by MERCY Malaysia under the Volunteer’s Opportunity Programme to ensure that they are equipped with the skills needed to assist with the medical camps.
In addition, also joining the collaboration is MUN, the global distribution arm of Hartalega. Embracing the Group’s core values and passion for care, MUN is dedicated to contribute and expand on Hartalega’s CSR initiatives in the international markets in which it operates.
Kuan Vin Seung, Human Resources Director of Hartalega Holdings Berhad, said, “We are pleased to work hand-in-hand with MERCY Malaysia on this joint collaboration. We hope that this initiative will have a real impact on improving access to better healthcare for the villagers of Kampung Bukit Baja. Hartalega firmly supports the development of rural communities and this is certainly a commendable platform. Furthermore, it is great to see our ‘Hartanians’ coming together and volunteering their time to ensure the success of this initiative.”
Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, President of MERCY Malaysia, commented: “It is indeed laudable that a leading company such as Hartalega recognises the importance of contributing to the humanitarian sector today, particularly for underprivileged communities. We are sincerely grateful for the support given by Hartalega, not only in terms of funding but also the efforts of their volunteers, which makes this programme all the more meaningful.”
During the signing ceremony of the MOU, the villagers of Kampung Bukit Baja welcomed Hartalega and MERCY Malaysia staff with cultural performances. The villagers also took part in various health-related activities during the day such as health screenings, health talks, as well as fun-filled exercises.