More than 150 underprivileged individuals and students in Gelang Patah, Johor, received aid for the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration from Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP) and the Johor Port Authority (LPJ).
The annual Tijarah Ramadhan event aims to support and improve the living standard of the local community of the area in the state of Johor.
This is one of the many corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities carried out by PTP for the benefit of the local community of the area where it operates.
LPJ chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli led the aid distribution in an event held at the Abu Hurairah Mosque at the Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Gelang Patah.
The recipients each received shopping vouchers and goods worth RM350 and were invited to breakfast with LPJ and PTP personnel.
During the ceremony, Abdul Rahim remarked on the importance of benefitting the surrounding community where a company operates, as well as promoting the wellbeing and development of the local community.
“LPJ is determined in its responsibility to the surrounding community of its facility and initiates various programmes involving the local community on an annual basis.
“This allows us and the port operators to strengthen the relationship with the community, as well as to provide a channel for the community to share their concerns with LPJ and PTP,” he said.
PTP CEO Marco Neelsen said the collaboration with LPJ acts as a community gesture to the local people of the area where the company operates.
“This programme serves as a good platform in fostering greater solidarity and community spirit between our port personnel and the local community.
“This is the second year of collaboration between PTP and LPJ in conducting such a programme and we look forward to having more of these activities in the coming years. We are honoured to give back to the community whenever we have a chance,” Neelsen said.
Zainab Abu, a single mother of two from Kampung Ladang who received aid from PTP and LPJ, said the programme has brought joy to her and her children — especially in preparing for the upcoming festivities.
“This year’s Tijarah Ramadhan has brought a great help to my family for the preparation of the Hari Raya celebration. I was eternally grateful to be selected for this aid,” she said.
Tanjung Kupang mukim head Mohd Sany Mohamed said: “The local community is very thankful for the continuous support by responsible corporate entities such as PTP and LPJ. The people of Gelang Patah and its neighbouring areas are fortunate to share the success of PTP.
“They have been continuously supporting the social wellbeing of the local community. We have received countless benefits such as employment opportunities, small business ventures or other social initiatives initiated by both PTP and LPJ,” he said.
Apart from the Tijarah Ramadhan programme, PTP and LPJ have also collaborated in an environmental-based CSR programme to rehabilitate seagrass meadow located in Tanjung Adang, Gelang Patah.
On its part, PTP had recently organised its annual full-day Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) motivational talk for 80 selected students from four secondary schools within the Gelang Patah area, which it hosted at the port operator’s briefing room. The event was organised jointly with the Johor Baru Education Department.
The talk this year — which was the ninth edition since PTP first organised it in 2007 — was attended by more than 2,000 local secondary school students in Gelang Patah. PTP is a joint venture between utilities and infrastructure group MMC Group Bhd and global ports group APM Terminals.