24 August 2018 – Demonstrating Cahya Mata Sarawak’s pragmatic and wide-ranging approach to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, its subsidiary CMS Land Sdn Bhd and the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) today handed over the completed ‘Caretaker House’ to Persatuan Bagi Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Terencat Akal Sarawak (PERKATA). The ceremony was held at the school hall and was officiated by the Chairman of SEDC and President of PERKATA, Y Bhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Hus.
Speaking about this latest addition to the school’s facilities, CMS Group Chief Executive Officer – Corporate, Dato Isaac Lugun, said: “PERKATA plays an important role in our community, providing a safe environment for special children to learn, play and develop. It is hugely important that PERKATA also has a dedicated and onsite caretaker, to look after its premises. For that reason, CMS Land teamed up with SEDC to fund and build this new RM200,000.00 ‘Caretaker House’. We hope that this latest addition will bring meaningful and lasting benefits to this very special school and its students.”
PERKATA is a society which, aims to create a school environment with an atmosphere of joy and care, where the children can develop physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. PERKATA strives for an environment where each child can learn first to respect himself and learn to interact with those around him – eventually acquiring the skills to interact with the general public with confidence and independence. This will all be achieved via the curriculum they have structured based on language development, cognitive development, fine motor skills, gross motor, self-help, reading and writing and lastly social development. PERKATA also aims to raise public responsibility towards children with special needs by encouraging them to provide financial assistance, employment opportunities and educational opportunities.
This CSR initiative first came into light in May 2017 when CMS Land was approached by SEDC to build new staff quarters for PERKATA. CMS Land agreed to sponsor the construction and material cost by undertaking the building works. The other companies were also involved in the planning and construction work of this project were Perunding Dayacipta (architecture), Jurutera Minsar Sdn Bhd (consultant) and Song Kao Construction (labour).
SEDC also donated furniture and fittings such as curtains, dining tables, cupboards and sofas; other contributors for fixtures, fittings and furnishings were gifted by the Grand Margherita Hotel and Riverside Majestic Hotel. Fully furnished, the new house will soon be ready for occupation by PERKATA’s caretaker.
For more information about PERKATA and to anyone who wishes to contribute to their programs and services, call (+60) 82 426 301 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.