2021 | Quarter 3

Johor Port Contributes RM1 Million to UTM Endowment Fund

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Johor Port Berhad (Johor Port), a member of MMC Group, has donated RM1 million to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for its Endowment Fund.

The cheque presentation was done virtually by Md Derick Basir, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Johor Port Berhad to YBhg Prof Datuk Ts Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, witnessed by YBhg Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Group Managing Director of MMC Corporation Berhad. Also present during the virtual ceremony were UTM’s senior officials and Johor Port’s senior management.

The UTM Endowment Fund’s main purpose is to help its academically excellent underprivileged students who are incapable to finance their study fees and cost of living.

Prof Datuk Ts Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail expressed his gratitude to Johor Port for its continuous commitment in helping UTM since 2013, where RM8 million had been raised. Donations to the fund were invested in low-risk and Shariah-compliant fixed deposits and the investment gains (hibah pelaburan) has assisted 21 outstanding UTM students who were under the B40 category through the Al-Bukhary Endowment Scholarship. To date, a total of 12 Al-Bukhary Endowment Scholarship recipients have graduated and completed their respective study programmes.

Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh believes that the private sector could contribute significantly to higher learning institutions in terms of fund contributions and industry experience training.

“The contribution from Johor Port is one of our Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) initiatives in helping the children of our nation towards pursuing their aspirations to acquire knowledge and succeed, especially in this current situation where many have lost their source of income and some of them may have children who are currently studying at UTM. We do not want the students to become discouraged in continuing their studies due to the current crisis as education is the key to changing one’s future for the better,” said Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh.

Meanwhile, Md Derick Basir, CEO of Johor Port was grateful that the UTM Endowment Fund not only helps the underprivileged students but also helps Malaysia to produce high-performing young talents. “As a high-performance organisation, we believe that high-performing talents are the most crucial element towards organisational success and we are happy to be able to play a part in it through our contribution to the UTM Endowment Fund,” he said.

Johor Port catalyses different industries such as commodities, manufacturing, and oil and gas activities consists of five terminals with 24 berths, totaling 4.75 kilometres. The port not only covers different activities such as container, bulk and breakbulk, but it is also Johor’s first port to be designed as a multi-purpose port to cater to all types of cargo. Johor Port together with MMC Group will remain committed to empowering the next generation with knowledge through its various CSR initiatives.