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'Continue Activities Benefiting The Community'

LAHAD DATU, Mon. (Aug 5, 2008) - Activities that benefit the community should be continued as far as possible in spite of government directive to save cost.

Government officials should prudently carry out the austerity drive and not to indiscriminately stop activities that are beneficial to the people, said Dato Nasrun Haji Mansur, the Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister.

He was speaking at the price-presentation of a children's drawing and colouring competition here on Aug 3 sponsored by state-owned POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd and co-organized by a committee comprising about 20 government departments, agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Dato Nasrun commended the organizing for a series of community activities in Lahad Datu and Kunak aimed at raising awareness about environmental protection and career opportunities in the oil palm sector.

More than 100 children took part in the competition themed 'Sawit Menjana Ekonomi Negara'. It was held at the Lahad Datu Community Centre.

The Assistant Minister said the activities, initiated by POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd as part of its corporate responsibility programmes, have been well received by the people.

Since 2007, the organizers headed jointly by the Sabah State Library Lahad Datu Branch and POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd have organized a series of career talks in secondary schools in Lahad Datu and Kunak, cooking competition using palm oil, mangrove rejuvenation and oil palm exhibition.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Sabah Environmental Protection Association, Rela, major oil palm company Lahad Datu Edible Oils Sdn Bhd are among those which had a role in these activities

The career talks in schools have generated much awareness among the secondary school students. Through the students' feedback, it has been revealed that prior to the talks, most of them was not aware of the many career choices related to the oil palm industry although many of them are from smallholder oil palm families.

"The feedback revealed that before the talks, the students' chosen career path had little to do with oil palm, but more to do with becoming teachers, policemen, factory workers or working in family plantations," a POIC spokesman said. "We are pleased that we were able to open their eyes to other opportunities."


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