As a member of the community, Hap Seng Group always believes in working towards building a stronger bond with our stakeholders and the community we operate in. This is consistent with one of the Group’s Corporate Missions – “To be a good corporate citizen in harmony with the environment and the communities we serve.”
Hap Seng Group D-Code is a coding programme aimed at helping students learn computer programming (coding) skills using an inexpensive micro-computer called the Raspberry Pi, build confidence, promote logical thinking and problem solving skills. It also cultivates leadership and good team player traits.
This programme, targeting school children aged from 13 to 15 years old, is done through various exercises using the basic math of logic with an open system called Linux. The participating students are exposed and immersed in the higher order thinking activities through technology where they are placed in a challenging environment that enables them to identify and frame a problem, think through a solution and present the solution creatively through web programming.
These skill sets and attributes are consistent with the aspiration of the Malaysian Education Blueprint
The project, which was rolled out in July 2015 and will be ongoing for a period of two years, and is targeted to benefit more than 1,000 students from 212 secondary schools in 24 Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPDs) throughout Sabah. In total, 25 coding camps will be held covering all government secondary schools in Sabah with the camp finale to be conducted in Kota Kinabalu in October 2016. In 2015, a total of eight camps were held, touching the lives of some 385 students and 77 teachers from 77 schools.
In 2014, Hap Seng Group responded to the request for help by HRH Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan Darul Naim. Together with its employees, their families as well as friends, the Group had assisted nearly 1,800 children from 9 schools by providing pocket money of RM50 per month for six months.
Three of the schools SJKC Yuk Chai in Kuala Krai, SK Tiong in Kota Bharu and SK Pulau Beluru in Tumpat had been selected for Phase 2 project, that is to set up a resource centre. For this project, Hap Seng Group partnered with Istana of Kelantan, SOLS 24/7 (Computer Supply) as well as Borders (Books).
Each resource centre is supplied with 10 sets of computers and 400 new specially selected colourful, quality books in English and Bahasa Malaysia authored by local and international authors.
Donation to Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (SCAS & FT)
In our commitment to make a difference, Hap Seng Group has consistently carried our philanthropy acts in order to foster lasting relationships in support the local community. On 14th May 2016, Hap Seng Group donated RM100,000 to Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (SCAS & FT) in order to help improve their infrastructure and services during Charity Bike Day for a Million Hopes
Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah received the mock cheque from Hap Seng Group Chairman, Dato’ Jorgen Bornhoft, witnessed by SCAS & FT President, Datuk Dr Lam Peng Chong.
When empowered, children will start to believe in themselves, gain more confidence and dare to think outside of their comfort zone. This was seen at English Fun Fair Day held at SK Tanjung Batu Keramat, Tawau on 30th April 2016.
Organised to kickstart Hap Seng Group’s new educational programme in Sabah called ‘Hap Seng Group HOTS’, the funfair was participated by more than 400 enthusiastic schoolchildren, parents and teachers from Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar I , Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar II, Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjung Batu Keramat, and Sekolah Menengah St Patrick, Tawau.
At the English Fun Fair Day, students were able to participate in several different activity stations which focused on their reading, speaking and listening skills. The activity stations were creatively made by using only recycled items and the Fun Fair tokens “won” at each station were exchangeable for other fun activities, such as face painting and personalised balloons. There were also performances by the participating schools as well as an exhibition of the students’ art work based on the theme, ‘Why I Want to Learn English’.
This event is to introduce to the community the 21st century learning of HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills), as compared to just Rote Learning of the past. How crucial it is for parents be part of the much needed support to their children learning.
The event was attended by Datuk Hamisa Samat, Assistant to the Minister, Ministry of Resources Development & Information Technology; Puan Rozalina, Language Section Officer of Tawau Education District Office; Rahmat Arrifin, Headmaster of the host school, SK Tanjung Batu Keramat; and Puan Sri Maimon Arif Patail, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility of Hap Seng Group.
Datuk Hamisa Samat said, “Through Hap Seng Group’s participation in this HOTS programme, we sincerely hope that the students will be able to set their foundation to compete in the 21st century increase their proficiency in English and be able to contribute and add-value to the community. This programme will also assist the teachers in preparing their students for the world outside of the classroom, allowing them the confidence and the ability to acquire High Order Thinking Skills.”
Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah and Brighton Education are the official partners for this programme. The Brighton Education Group was set up in 2008 with extensive experience in both national and international education project delivery.
“To be an employer of choice” is another aspect of the Group’s mission statement. With that in mind, the statement, when translated under the Group’s CSR theme transform into a “Caring Employer & Caring Employee”.
To encourage the development of a caring employee, Hap Seng Group focuses in encouraging its employees to play a more proactive and participatory role via the 3Ts in volunteerism, namely, Time or Talent or Treasure (Money).
3Ts related activity will directly help build empathy by exposing our employees to the less fortunate. This will aid in the building of a new culture of proactivity in which our employees will willingly and positively lend a helping hand while forging a stronger bond with our communities in areas we live and operate.
In 2015. the volunteerism activities our employees participated included the following:
- Volunteering at the Kechara Soup Kitchen
- Volunteering Treasure—Help Raise Fund
- Volunteering Time—Books Donation Programme