BATU GAJAH, PERAK, SEPT. 4 – Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM), Malaysia’s leading technology park, has injected a sustainable cause in its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives by inspiring students to a tree planting exercise at the Co-Curriculum Day of SMK Toh Indera Wangsa Ahmad (SMK TIWA), Batu Gajah.
The company will sponsor 20 saplings of tecoma tree, scientifically known as Tabebuia Rosea species or locally known as pokok kertas tisu (tissue paper tree), from its own nursery for the tree planting session at the school.
The tree planting ceremony to be conducted by Batu Gajah Member of Parliament, YB Sivakumar a/l Varatharahu Naidu on 5th Septermber, together with student members of SMK TIWA’s Science and Math Club.
The SMK TIWA Co-curriculum Day features an exhibition with a slew of products, poster exhibits, quizzes, and interactive activities related to science, technology and innovation (STI).
The one-day event is supported by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) together with nine other national agencies under its purview.
TPM President/Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Ir. Mohd. Azman Haji Shahidin said the tecoma planting exercise was aimed at encouraging students to appreciate the values of protecting the environment by mitigating the effects of climate change.
Trees planted on school grounds provide opportunities for environmental education, getting children thinking about environmental conservation early, promotes empowerment of youth volunteerism and natural landscape beautification.
He said the tecoma flowering tree, also known as the Malaysian Sakura, is commonly spotted in Malaysia with its burst of pink, purple, or white flowers. When in full bloom twice a year during the hot weather periods, it certainly adds a natural beauty to the surroundings. TPM has more than 200 tecoma trees within its 686 acre campus in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
“Another interesting activity which we are hopeful will attract the attention of students is the TPM STEM simulation booth. Its aims are to create greater awareness and inspire school children and youth on the fun side of science, the importance of STI and abundant opportunities offered by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” he added.
Mohd Azman said he was confident that TPM’s participation in this MESTECC-supported outreach programme would offer the SMK TIWA students and the surrounding communities, both young and old, every opportunity to gain a better knowledge of the efforts undertaken by the Government.
“With the rapid global development in technology and innovation, it is pertinent for the people in the rural and semi-urban areas of Malaysia to also be exposed to latest developments and technological advancements towards improving their socio-economic wellbeing,” added Mohd Azman.
Technology Park Malaysia Sdn Bhd, an agency of MESTECC, has an integrated infrastructure, facilities and support services to assist technopreneurs and entrepreneurs who are keen to commercialize their ideas in the four industry clusters, namely, ICT, Engineering, Biotechnology and Green Technology.
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