KUALA TERENGGANU, Terengganu, Saturday, [2 February 2008]: Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam”) will continue to promote educational development to help build a nation of dynamic, professional and credible leaders of tomorrow.Speaking at the launch ceremony for Bank Islam’s Promoting Intelligence, Nurturing Talent and Advocating Responsibility (“PINTAR”) for the state of Terengganu today, Terengganu Menteri Besar Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Hj Idris Jusoh said that Bank Islam’s PINTAR launch in Terengganu is a commendable corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) effort which is in line with the East Coast Economic Region (“ECER”) master plan. Education is one of ECER’s five main thrusts aside from tourism; oil, gas and petrochemicals; manufacturing and agriculture.He added however that that the objectives of nation building would not be achieved without a bank of quality and knowledgeable human capital to spur these plans.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Beladau Kolam is the third school carefully selected by Bank Islam under its PINTAR programme. More than 1,000 teachers, parents, students and heads of communities attended the eventful ceremony held at the school.
In its efforts to promote the acquisition of knowledge and improve academic performance, Bank Islam Managing Director Dato’ Zukri Samat said that the Bank encourages students to learn a foreign language aside from the required English Language and Bahasa Malaysia. “For this purpose, Bank Islam plans to provide the school with Arabic Language Learning Kit which will be utilised at the school’s Jawi, Al-Quran, Arabic and Fardhu Ain (“J-Qaf”) facility or surau,” he added.
To monitor the school’s performance and ensure successful implementation of the programme, Bank Islam has assigned one management member to be the Bank’s Ambassador and mentor to its adopted school.
As many as 89 Year Six students at Sekolah Kebangsaan Beladau Kolam will benefit from the series of activities which have been lined up towards their academic improvement. The Khazanah Nasional Berhad initiated PINTAR programme has to date benefitted more than 38,000 school children nationwide.
To help achieve the objectives as envisioned by PINTAR, the Bank implements eight types of activities under the programme. These are:
1. Zakat contribution to needy students to uplift their social economic status;
2. Contributions in kind – such as upgrading surau or Islamic education room to provide conducive environment in acquiring Islamic knowledge
3. Excellent Student Awards (cash rewards) to motivate and reward students who excel in the UPSR and standard one to six exams
4. A series of academic activities for core subjects such as Maths and English to help improve level of achievements in these subjects
5. UPSR enhancement programme involving tuition, motivation workshops and mentoring to help students achieve better grades
6. Awareness Campaign – collaborate with the police, fire department, Ministries of Health, etc..to raise awareness on health and safety
7. Outdoor activities – such as summer camps, voluntary work and team building sessions to help develop soft skills and inculcate the caring culture
8. Islamic activity – organize religious lectures, tazkirah and others
The Bank expects to spend more than RM1 million for various activities to promote and achieve the objectives under PINTAR. These are to promote intelligence, nurture talent and advocate responsibility; and ultimately help improve the educational achievements of the children from low income families.
Dato’ Zukri added that the PINTAR programme will be an additional platform for Bank Islam to enhance students’ awareness and knowledge of Islamic banking.
It is also in line with Bank Islam’s CSR activities which focus primarily on promoting Islamic finance and fostering its development through awareness and knowledge-sharing programmes, improving the socio-economic position of the underprivileged through distribution of Zakat allocations and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders, in particular, employees and institutional customers.
The PINTAR programme is one of the initiatives for Government-linked Companies to achieve value through social responsibility; to help improve the educational achievement of children from low-income families across the nation.