Perumahan Awam (PA) Sri Selangor and PA Hang Tuah communities in Kuala Lumpur are the first to receive support from Lendlease through 'Projek Komuniti Kita'- a community partnership project in collaboration with local social enterprise, Surprise Ventures. The project aims to support local community growth and development through infrastructure enhancements and upgrades, arts, culture and sports.
Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group. The company has a long and proud history of giving emphasis to environmental, social and economic outcomes to deliver places that respond to the complex global forces shaping the future, including rapid urbanization, climate change, inequality and resource stress.
The beneficiaries of the program received refurbishments to their futsal courts, breathing new life into the community's common gathering space for recreation and sports. Opportunities for children living within these communities to learn and play such as Futsal clinics, arts and crafts workshops and theatre classes were also conducted over the past four (4) weeks.
"One of Lendlease's core values is to be an active participant in the communities where we operate," said Dinesh Nambiar, Chairman of Lendlease Malaysia. "Lendlease Community Day is an event that we conduct annually here in Malaysia, where our people volunteer their time and skills to make a difference in their community. This year, we wanted to go beyond that and look at how we can create a truly lasting impact in the communities where we live and work in, over a longer term."
The program culminated with a Community Carnival held at Perumahan Awam Sri Selangor's community court in Jalan San Peng, Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Yang Berhormat Tuan Haji Khalid Samad, Federal Territories Minister of Malaysia and Yang Berbahagia Dato' Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur were also present to lend their support.
The carnival included a fun-filled futsal tournament where children who attended the futsal clinics, formed teams and participated. An Art Exhibition featuring the kids works of art were displayed and showcased at the event while those who participated in the theatre workshops performed the Dikir Barat and Sajak at the carnival.
Speaking at the event, Federal Territories Minister, Yang Berhormat Tuan Haji Khalid Samad said, "The Ministry's strategy can't only be carried out by the government alone. It truly requires co-operation of various parties and private entities like Lendlease who are experts in urban regeneration and the creation of places that are built with a focus on driving inclusive communities. Programs such as this are very much in line with the governments focus on improving the quality of lives of people living in our local public housing communities."