100 people who love our mother earth gathered at the bank of Sungai Petani river to help plant mangrove trees to rehabilitate denuded stretches. Staff of OCBC Al-Amin Bank, Rotaractors of AIMST University, students of SJKT Saraswathy and members of the public joined Rotarians in this project sponsored by OCBC. 300 saplings were sourced from the Forestry Department and planted in the area.
OCBC AL-AMIN CONTRIBUTES RM20,000 TO SUPPORT MANGROVE PRESERVATION IN SUNGAI PETANI, KEDAH
Bank’s funds will help plant 1,000 new mangrove trees in degraded area
Sungai Petani, 2 October 2022 – More than 100 people recently came together to plant 500 mangrove trees in the Taman Sinar Intan 3 and Sungai Merbok areas near Sungai Petani, which was severely degraded and in urgent need of restoration.
The effort was made possible through a RM20,000 donation by OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad (OCBC Al-Amin) through its Sungai Petani branch, in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani and Jabatan Perhutanan Kedah.
The 3-year collaboration will see the fruition of 5,000 mangrove trees planted at the site.
According to Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani President, Thiagarajan Letchumanan, the Mangrove Sapling Planting Project aims to protect the mangrove forests, which serve as crucial wildlife habitat for a variety of marine life, flora and fauna.
“This initiative is timely given the need to be more mindful of the needs of the environment and society at large. It would not have been possible without the assistance of OCBC Al-Amin, the local community in Sungai Petani and Jabatan Perhutanan Kedah. As the first of many to come, we hope this project will pave the way to restoring the lusciousness of our scarce mangrove areas.”
“Today’s project and continued partnership with OCBC Al-Amin is an important step in supporting the environment which has recently become Rotary’s 7th and latest area of focus. The 500 trees which we have planted today and another 500 in December will make a great impact in the restoration and rehabilitation of mangrove in Sungai Petani and Kedah”
“Given our previous years of collaboration in corporate social responsibility programmes, the partnership with OCBC Al-Amin was a natural fit. We knew we could always count on OCBC Al-Amin for our community-based programmes. We are grateful to the OCBC Al-Amin Sungai Petani branch for their relentless support and commitment to assisting the community, this time by protecting our mangrove forests.”
“Not only are mangrove forests critical to ensuring the survival of wildlife and marine life, they are also essential for the survival of humans, especially by acting as coastal barriers from strong winds or other extreme weathers. Sadly, there seems to be a lack of understanding regarding the importance of preserving our mangrove forests. We hope that by raising awareness about the state of our mangrove forests, more people will come to care more for our environment,” he stated.
Speaking on behalf of OCBC Al-Amin, its Sungai Petani branch Senior Manager, Ms Shermaine Cham Keng Fheng, said that the Bank engages with the communities it is involved in by venturing beyond its superior banking products and services to meeting the social needs of the people as well.
“Mangrove forests have been deteriorating rapidly in recent years due to countless irresponsible human actions. Saddened by this, we wanted to reach out to support our community. The Mangrove Sapling Planting Project is a fitting first step to reinstating our national treasure – mangrove forests.”
“We are thankful to the Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani forpartnering with us and we hope the community will benefit greatly from these initiatives. We would also like to thank Jabatan Perhutanan Kedah for overseeing this meaningful project,” she said.
She added that with 90 years of giving to communities, OCBC looks forward to enabling individuals, SMEs and businesses to build a more sustainable future.