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Economic Affairs minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim and Eco World Foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye . NSTP/ Sairien Nafis

KUALA LUMPUR: The Eco World Foundation is striving to help underprivileged young Malaysians to stay in schools so that they can receive proper education and improve their quality of life.

The foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said proper education was the critical element in breaking the cycle of poverty faced by many Malaysians.

He said through the foundation’s flagship programme Students’ Aid Programme (SAP), it currently assisted nearly 3,000 students nationwide at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

“We are immensely happy that some of the students whom we have been helping from their primary school have completed their secondary and tertiary education and have now graduated from universities.

“We are all proud of them and their achievements. Currently, we have 36 students in colleges and universities.

“Your support, encouragement and assistance have been the critical factor that has helped the foundation to fulfill its purpose to help the needy Malaysians from all walks of life, from all ethnic groups, and from different regions of Malaysia,” he said during the Eco World Foundation Appreciation Luncheon held to honour its many supporters and donors today.

Present at the event were Economic Affairs minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah, executive director Datuk Voon Tin Yow, and the foundation’s trustees Tan Sri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Philip Mathews.

Lee said among the foundation’s new initiatives was “Empowered to Teach” programme in aid of Orang Asli children pre-school education.

The foundation has also started a three-year pilot project to improve the academic performance of children in selected schools in Sarawak.

“Our objective is to help as many children as possible to have access to education and become useful citizens later in life.”

In his speech, Lee also expressed his gratitude to the foundation’s generous sponsors and donors who donated a total of RM6.5 million ‘despite the current challenging economic times’.

The total included RM1 million donation by Eco World Development Group Bhd as well as another RM300,000 from Liew.

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