Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Bank comes to aid of Good Samaritan

SUNGAI PETANI: ONE good deed deserves another. So, when Maybank learned about Romli Bakar's efforts to expand his "tuition centres", the country's leading bank came to his aid recently.

Romli Bakar made a windmill to pump water.
Romli Bakar made a windmill to pump water.
It donated three computers to the Good Samaritan and will be helping him over the next three years to expand his centres in Kampung Bujang, Kampung Sungai Batu Besi and Kampung Belau, near here.
Romli, 70, may not be known to many but to some 1,000 people in the three villages, he has been their driving force to succeed in their lives.
Together with his wife, Hasnah Ahmad, 66, the couple started to give free tuition classes to children from poor families in 1996.
Goay Yeap Siang (right), with students and bank staff, building a wall of bamboo to stop erosion of the river banks. Pix by Azhar Ramli

This was after Romli had retired from Universiti Sains Malaysia as its registrar of student affairs.
The subjects Romli and Hasnah, an ex-teacher, teach are English, Mathematics and Science at their humble Pusat Giat Ilmu (centre for knowledge advancement).
Maybank, which was represented by its regional director, Goay Yeap Siang, said the bank appreciated Romli's efforts to help the poor.
"His efforts are truly noble. We have learned a lot about his contributions and we are proud to be associated with him," he said on a visit to Romli's tuition centre with 700 Maybank employees and 88 students from Albukhary International University (AIU).
In tow was AIU deputy vice-chancellor Prof Emeritus Dr Omar Farouk.
Goay said the bank's involvement was also part of Maybank's global corporate responsibility day programme.
(Front row, from left) Romli, Dr Omar Farouk and Goay Yeap Siang with Maybank employees and Albukhary International University students.

On the same day, similar activities were also being carried out at 13 places all over the world where Maybank has a branch such as Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and England.
Besides helping out at the tuition centres, the bank employees and students also planted bamboo stakes along Sungai Bujang to prevent erosion as part of a river conservation programme initiated by Romli.
(new street time 10 october 2012)