KUALA LUMPUR – November 15, 2018: Forest City’s developer, Country Garden PacificView, recently forked out RM 550,000 to revitalise a 100-year-old school in Gelang Patah, Johor, which has 19 staff and 119 students.
SK Tanjung Adang is the first of seven schools slated to receive funding from the company’s long-term plan to uplift education quality under the Forest City School Revitalisation Project.
Apart from the funding, Forest City landscape, design and construction teams were also involved in the revitalisation project.
School principal Noriah Md Jidin said the children are proud of their school and their enthusiasm to come to school has increased after the revitalisation was completed.
The renovations included repairing the staircases, repainting the school facade and refurbishing the mural, common areas, security guardhouse and sport facilities which feature a muhibbah theme.
“We are really thankful to Forest City for having selected Tg Adang as one of its adopted schools which enabled us to enjoy this privilege,” said Noriah.
Country Garden and Forest City Director of Strategy Ng Zhu Hann said that education and poverty alleviation have always been the hallmarks of Forest City and the Country Garden Group.
He also showed interest in expanding the initiative to other parts of Johor in line with Forest City’s belief that education will change one’s destiny.
“It is also important to empower the local community, especially the B40 and M40. A conducive learning environment is important so that the children can study well, and the teachers can teach effectively while the parents can have peace of mind knowing that the children are in a safe environment.
“We are glad we can play a role in the community through our technological know-how in building and renovation. Forest City will continue to align with the government’s calling for more public-private partnership in overall economic activities and social development, especially the upgrading of education infrastructure,” said Ng.
State Housing and Rural Development committee chairman YB Dzulkefly Ahmad who launched the Revitalisation of SK Tg Adang in Gelang Patah said on Tuesday that the state government encourages public-private partnerships, especially corporate social responsibility programmes that would enhance the lives of the locals.