Staff from Maersk in Johor and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia spent the
weekend bringing cheer and joy to the Orang Asli Community in Johor. As part of plans
to kick start a year long Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan in Malaysia, the staff
travelled to the Endau Rompin National Park in Johor, Malaysia 6 May 2008 to distribute donations to
the local indigenous community made up of some 63 families and more than 200 people.
Lee Kai Kin, the Maersk Johor Branch Manager said:
“Being a good corporate citizen is an integral part of the way we do business in the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. We are committed to the communities in which we work and in several of these communities, we have started to introduce initiatives that help the local communities”.
Kai Kin added:
“The ’Endau – Rompin Orang Asli Settlement Donation’ CSR programme
is very close to the hearts of Maersk in Malaysia staff who have dedicated time and effort
to this worthy cause. The donations given and friendships formed have hopefully also
brought smiles to the faces of the Orang Asli group”.
Reaching out to help the ‘Jakun tribe’ residing at the Endau Rompin National Park,
Maersk staff distributed basic necessities such as rice, sugar and flour as well as
educational material, including books, stationery and school uniforms. Affected by heavy
rain floods in 2006 and 2007, the Maersk staff were also involved in restoring and
improving the local communities living conditions by cleaning up the living quarters and
Presenting the donations to the local community during a brief ceremony, Guest-of-
Honour, Mr YB Zainal Abidin Bin Osman, Exco Adun Endau said:
“It is heartening to see multi-national corporations such as Maersk in Malaysia playing an active role in giving back to the community. But it is also a two-way street. In giving back to the local ‘Jakun tribe’ I believe Maersk staff have also had the opportunity to learn about this special
community, their culture and their way of life”.