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Petronas treat for 50 kids

Published on: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: The annual Sentuhan Kasih programme started in 2006 by Petronas here in Sabah has encouraged its staff to be involved in volunteer work and enhance the spirit of giving and volunteerism among them.

This time, about 50 children between the ages of six and 12 from Sipitang and 20 Petronas employees were involved in the programme which was held in conjunction with the Christmas celebration.

The children's visit to the State capital was part of the activities, which have been lined up from Dec 18-19.

According to Petronas Sabah and Labuan Regional Chairman, Mohamed Firouz Asnan, their visit to the Menara Petronas would bring a positive impact in their lives.

"It will be able to steer them in a positive direction where education is concerned. Basically, programmes like this are able to connect us with society, not only in terms of imparting knowledge, but also in terms of personal face to face interaction which I think is important."

Petronas Sabah and Labuan Regional Office General Manager Julita Ontol added that these type of programmes and visits are capable of nurturing children's inquisitiveness.

"We heard one of the children expressed interest in becoming an engineer one day. Most of them have never even been to the city, so this visit was certainly an eye opening experience for them."

During their visit, the children had an opportunity to sit in the boardroom and listen to talks on the national oil company as well as steps on how petroleum was formed, extracted and sent to refineries for processing to produce petroleum products.

Petronas employees also brought the underprivileged children to shop for clothes at Suria Sabah as an early Christmas present.

Part of the money to purchase the clothes was contributed by Petronas employees themselves through a donation campaign.

A total of seven villages are involved in the programme namely Kampung Kaban, Kampung Samin, Kampung Malamam, Kampung Ulau, Kampung Marau, Kampung Malagau and Kampung Damai.