Tuesday September 18, 2012
Insight into Sunway Group
SUNWAY Group organised a familiarisation tour for students from SMK Puchong and SMK Sungai Manggis, around the Sunway Resort City (SRC), namely Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway Lagoon, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and Sunway University (the Tour).
Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, founder and chairman of Sunway Group and founding trustee of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation; and Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Sunway group adviser and trustee of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, addressed the students as part of the tour.
The students who participated in the tour are from the classes that both Cheah and Ramon personally taught in April during the Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Week.
“I wanted to drive into the students’ mind that education is very important and encourage them to work hard to be better citizens as they are the future of Malaysia. Playing a part to provide quality education is a passion of mine. By establishing the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and taking part in Teach For Malaysia’s initiatives, I hope to make a difference in the growth and development of our nation as we strive to reach a high-income status by 2020,” said Cheah.
On the heels of TFM’s annual event, Teach for Malaysia Week is ‘TFM Flipped Programme’ that is aimed at inspiring students by providing a unique insight into the workings of the various components of Sunway Group.
During the chaperoned tour, management personnel from Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway University, Sunway Lagoon and Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa guided the students around their work place and briefed them about their respective career.
The students that came for the tour have performed well in school and the tour was a way for them to gain an idea of how working life is. The students participated in various aspects such as medical, creative, tourism, F&B, hospitality, education, leisure and entertainment.
Sunway challenged the students to submit an essay in English about their experiences on the tour and the best three essays will be rewarded.
Students observed and partook in demonstrations of resuscitation on a training mannequin at Sunway Medical Centre; lent a hand in developing creative ideas and props for events in Sunway Pyramid’s Creative Studio; learned and experimented the husbandry skills of a wildlife ranger at Sunway Lagoon; watched a show of culinary arts by chef at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa; and experienced student’s life at the labs, lecture halls and library at Sunway University.
Sunway Group’s participation in TFM is in line with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation’s mandate to provide deserving Malaysians an opportunity to receive quality education.
“I believe that education is essential because of its capacity to enrich lives and contribute to the development of our nation by enhancing the values of our people, especially our youths – the future of Malaysia. As our country establishes itself on the global stage, it will become increasingly important that we have a pool of talent who are not only intelligent but who are creative, independent thinkers with the ability to drive our nation forward to achieve greater heights,” Cheah said.
The Group remains committed to playing its part in shaping the lives of Malaysian youth and have been an avid supporter of TFM since its inception.
Earlier this year, the Group, through JCF signed a corporate partnership agreement and donated RM150,000 to advance TFM’s mission to end education inequality in Malaysia.
JCF is a not-for-profit entity that ensures the assets, funds and operating surpluses under its purview are used to perpetuate the cause of bringing quality education to present and future generations of diligent and deserving Malaysian students.