KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 14, 2017: Petronas is collaborating with Yayasan Sabah on a community development programme called Planting Tomorrow that focuses on assisting local villagers set up a homestay.
Among the assistance provided are building materials to improve the condition of their homestay and funds to build a handicraft kiosk and the installation of a gravity-fed water supply system.
“The latest assistance brought about a steady supply of clean water to all homes as well as to the Ulu Kinabatangan information centre – a facility that was built under the Yayasan Sabah-Petronas Imbak Canyon Conservation Partnership, said a Petronas statement.
The conservation partnership has benefitted local communities, including 22 homestay operators in Kampung Imbak, collectively known as the Homestay Po’pomponan or a place of gathering, located in Tongod and has been in operation since early 2016.
It is home to only about 700 people of the Dusun Sungai and Murut communities and blessed with an abundance of nature’s riches and attractions. To encourage the upkeep of Kampung Imbak, villagers conducted gotong-royong sessions.
The Imbak Canyon Conservation Area, a Class 1 (Protection) Forest Reserve, is emerging as a major destination for scientists and students to carry out research following the completion of the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) through a funding from Petronas.
Petronas has to date contributed RM83 million under the partnership which started in 2010, including RM77 million to build the ICSC and related facilities.
Planting Tomorrow is among the key corporate social investment programmes announced by Petronas in February this year.
Its aims to improve the standards of living through the provision of alternative water supply solutions and livelihood enhancement activities in targeted areas. — Bernama