The Ipoh City Council (MBI) successfully collaborated with Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) last weekend during a fruitful 3D/2N workshop held in the east coast state of Terengganu, from 14th until 16th Feb, 2020.
Programme to Enhance Cooperation between MBI & Media Perak
Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) has always appreciated the support from Perak press and values feedback it receives from media members on ways to enhance its existing bond. This doesn’t mean that MBI awaits only glowing reviews from media publications, rather the expectation of balanced reporting. Also, MBI values reliable feedback on how the working relationship between Ipoh City Council (MBI) and media friends can be further improved, such as through joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives or sports activities, as well as to receive ground report from the community, whether positive or negative.
All of the above points were discussed during the constructive workshop hosted by MBI. As a media delegate, yours truly also had the opportunity to voice out some of the concerns that I have received from Ipohites via emily2u.com blog, hoping that pertinent solutions could be identified and implemented.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Among the series of programmes materialised during the trip to Kuala Terengganu was a CSR initiative organised by KSKMP, with MBI as the club’s staunchest partner.
CSR programmes by KSKMP ensure that no one in need is left out, one home at a time, in line with the core spirit of the media club that emphasises on welfare and sports. Charity is the heart and soul of KSKMP, not only evident within the state of Perak, but also in other parts of Malaysia, and if the opportunity arises, overseas missions as well.
KSKMP’s beneficiary this time around was a children’s home, Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Hilmi at Teluk Ketapang, Kuala Terengganu, upon the recommendation of Terengganu press counterpart. Besides cash donation from Perbadanan Pembangunan Pertanian Negeri Perak (PPPNP @ SADC) and the Perak Menteri Besar’s Office, other sponsors included Tourism Malaysia (Perak), Tourism Perak, Econsave Hypermarket, Sunway Lost World of Tambun, plus Primula Beach Hotel.
Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Hilmi is home to 9 girls and 3 boys, between the ages of 7 to 18 years, inclusive. This home is jointly managed by an NGO and the State Social Welfare Department. Established on 1st Jan, 1995 with two houses within its compound, one for boys only and the other for girls exclusively, Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Hilmi expanded with another two houses in a span of three years.
Presently, the home has two guardians, one per house, as it is not running at full capacity. Each house can accommodate 12 children concurrently, in the concept of home-cum-dormitory.
Exchange of Ideas with Terengganu Media members
Kelab Wartawan Terengganu (KAWAT) hosted Perak media delegation to hi-tea at Sumai Hotel Apartment, Kuala Terengganu. During the two-hour long session, media members from both states mingled and networked among themselves, shared views on the journalism industry that is unfortunately on the decline, as well as exchanged souvenirs to mark the beginning of a new friendship.
Promotion of Perak as a tourist destination
Undoubtedly, to anywhere Perak media delegates go, we never fail to promote our lovely Silver State. During this one-off trip, we introduced Perak to members of KAWAT, to the children of Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Hilmi, and basically to everyone that we happened to strike up a conversation with during the course of the day. Kopiro the tapir soft toys, the mascot for Perak tourism brought along on this trip by Tourism Perak as souvenirs, put a smile on many faces, young and not-so-young alike.
All in all, it was a worthwhile trip, beneficial to all parties involved. Ipoh City Council Public Relations Officer Mohd. Syahrizal bin Azmi said, “We are glad to say that our 3D/2N work trip to Terengganu has achieved its objectives, not only for the Council but also for Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak, tourism agencies and all participants.”
President of KSKMP (Perak Media Sports & Welfare Club) Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali added, “Our charity activities wouldn’t be this successful if not for the solid support received, especially from our allied partners such as the Ipoh City Council, Tourism Perak, Tourism Malaysia (Perak), Sunway Lost World of Tambun, Econsave Hypermarket and Primula Beach Hotel.
“Cash donation from both Perbadanan Pembangunan Pertanian Negeri Perak (PPPNP @ SADC) and the Perak Menteri Besar’s Office is very handy, and serves to lessen the financial burden of Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Hilmi. For this, we are most grateful. Last but not least, I wish to record my deepest appreciation to my diligent committee who worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth programme.”