Naim signs MoU with Habitat to build houses for the poor

KUCHING: Naim Holdings Bhd, one of Malaysia’s leading developers and contractors, yesterday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia (Habitat) to contribute RM400,000 towards Habitat’s Borneo Blitz Build 2014 (BBB 2014) project.

The donation was made through Naim Foundation, a dedicated special purpose vehicle focusing on charitable causes.

The BBB 2014 project involves the construction of 14 units of singlestorey semi-detached houses at Jalan Stephen Yong, to start on Sept 13 next year.

Present to grace the event was Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

Also present were Naim’s chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi, Naim Holdings Bhd group managing director Datuk Hasmi Hasnan, Habitat Malaysia president Allen Tong and Habitat for Humanity Malaysia vice president Timothy Ngu.

Hasmi said the collaboration with Habitat demonstrated Naim’s strong commitment in providing assistance to the less fortunate members of the society.

“At Naim, a strong awareness of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) is ingrained into our business model. As a responsible corporate citizen, Naim has always taken into consideration the interests of the community where it operates and takes responsibility for the impact of its business activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment,” he explained.

He stressed that Naim is committed to fulfil its CSR by extending assistance beyond statutory obligations and compliance with legislation, adding that the company is driven by passion to make a difference in people’s lives and not expecting something in return.

Hasmi pointed out that the donation was only a start, adding that under the collaboration, Naim staff would be also be participating in the construction works of the houses. The participation of Naim’s staff would promote the spirit of volunteerism among the team members, he added.

“We will see how it goes and we will contribute more in the future. I see this as a beginning of a relationship that we want to build because we want to contribute to the society because if it is not from the society, we will not be here where we are today,” he stressed.

He went on to say that Naim was proud to become the partner of Habitat, and described the project as “worthy” as it will provide a decent home for the poor.

Ngu, meanwhile, said Habitat was grateful for the contribution, adding that the project is the largest single project in the country undertaken by them.

According to him, the BBB 2014 project requires about RM1.8 million, and hoped that the commitment from Naim be emulated and more corporation and individuals would come forward to support housing as a foundation for breaking the poverty cycle.

Ngu noted that with the donation, Naim had become the first sponsor of the BBB 2014 project.

“Building homes and building lives and that is what we (Habitat) do, to break the people from the vicious cycle of poverty,” Ngu stressed, adding that since Habitat Malaysia began in 1998, it had served more than 200 families through its resource centres in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu affiliates.

Ngu also thanked businessman Victor Lee, who donated 1.2 acres of land for the houses.

From: The Borneo Post (24 October 2013)