Kota Marudu (Thursday) — As part of its corporate social responsibilities (CSR), the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) this morning held a relationship building programme at SK Pekan Kota Marudu in conjunction with 2022 National month celebrations. The programme involved the handing over of tree seedlings to the school, as well as a tree planting exercise with SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hashim Paijan, Kota Marudu Assistant District Officer (Development) Tinah Maralin representing Kota Marudu District Officer Alexander Yong, Halim Bin Bidin representing Kota Marudu District Education Officer Datu Roslin bin Datu Saibok, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pekan Kota Marudu Principal Atiah binti Awang and a few selected students. Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hashim Paijan also officiated the event.
In addition to carrying out its mandate as entrusted by the Government which is to attract investment, implement infrastructure development projects as well as generate and boost economic development in the state of Sabah, SEDIA hopes that events like this can contribute back to the community and the public, especially in the rural areas.
Through this event, SEDIA plans to cultivate among the 300 student participants a culture of preserving plants to not only care for but also better preserve the environment, providing the school with various seedlings such as dill, oregano, mint, ulam raja, and aromatic ginger.
In his opening speech, the SEDIA Chief Executive told students of SK Pekan Kota Marudu to nurture a sense of caring for the environment, as well as perseverence towards achieving their goals. Datuk Seri Panglima Hashim said that, just like taking care of the trees planted today, success is not something that comes out of coincidence, rather from constant effort, hard work, patience and a willingness to chase after success.
This program is also among efforts by SEDIA to strengthen its working relationship with the implementing agencies of SDC projects, in particular with the District offices, in order to maintain closer and long-lasting cooperation. SEDIA has a firm and longstanding relationship working with State Government agencies towards developing infrastructure that can increase and rapidly increase economic activity, especially in rural areas.
Additionally, the aim of this program is to gather information about the uniqueness of each district visited, in order to better promote and advertise Sabah’s districts and increase its visibility to potential visitors.