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80 students receive Repsol’s motivational awards in Sabah

18th March, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Eighty students from the fishermen community in Sipitang, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Papar districts recently received one-off monetary rewards from Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited’s motivational awards, which form a part of the oil company’s social investment towards the less fortunate in society.

The recipients comprised 40 students who sat for their UPSR and another 40 who sat for their PT3 and had achieved satisfactory results in their respective exams last year.

Repsol’s Community and Government Relations Advisor for Sabah/Labuan, Datuk Eddie Abdullah, who represented Repsol’s Senior Stakeholder Relations Manager, Encik Ahmad Fakrurrazi Arshad at the ceremony, said that the monetary rewards were valued at RM250 each for the UPSR and RM300 each for the PT3 recipients respectively. In addition, the recipients also received a schoolbag each.

This year’s awards marked the third annual presentation of a programme in which Repsol focused on helping the disadvantaged communities in which they operate.

As an upstream operator in Malaysia’s oil & gas sector, Repsol operates offshore near Labuan and their focus through the awards was assisting and injecting a new spirit among the children of the fishermen community from the districts of Sipitang, Kuala Penyu, Beaufort and Papar whose parents go offshore to earn a living.

“Our objective in this awards programme is to motivate these potentially high achievers to reach for greater heights in their academic and co-curriculum activities so that can secure good careers in order to uplift their livelihood and that of their families,” Eddie disclosed.

He thanked the Director of Education, Dr Mistirine bt Radin and all the education officers from the four districts for the strong support and close cooperation in ensuring the success of the awards ceremony.

Dr Mistirine, who was represented at the ceremony by Mudin bin Bating, commended Repsol for this awards scheme, which was to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the selected students through the “one-off” cash awards which totaled up to RM22,000.

Mudin was impressed to note that Repsol has another annual collaboration with the Education Department in Sabah through the Safety Awareness Programme with primary schoolchildren since 2013.

He added that the State Education Department welcomed initiatives and contributions from corporate organisations like Repsol to collaborate in the human capital development of our young generation in general.

“I also hope that the Repsol motivational awards would continue to be an annual programme in their social investment calendar in order to benefit many more bright young schoolchildren from the fishermen and disadvantaged communities from the Papar, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Sipitang districts,” Mudin remarked.

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