Petron Malaysia employees, via its Volunteerism In Action (VIA) initiative, had activated a donation drive after the recent flooding in several areas in Selangor and Pahang. The donation drive collected funds, clothes and other necessities to provide relief and aid to the flood victims.
Petron employees and dealers collected about 50 boxes of new and pre-loved clothes, blankets, towels, prayer robes and mats, shoes, and slippers to send to temporary relief centres through HOPE Community, a non-government organisation, and also to Petron network of dealers.
The company’s employees and dealers also donated about RM27,000 cash, which was used to purchase essential items like toiletries and kitchenware. There were also Petron dealers whose stations were also affected by the flooding. To show solidarity with these dealers, teams of volunteers comprising Petron employees, other dealers, as well as contractors assisted in clean-up efforts for the affected service stations.
“We are very grateful for the quick and helpful response of the Petron family whose selflessness brought much welcome relief to our impacted dealers and staff. Through their help, we were able to get our service stations quickly up and running to provide fuels for the community,” said Choong Kum Choy, Petron Head of Retail and Commercial Business.
One of the dealers, Nurul Faidz bin Zaid, who operates the Petron Taman Sri Muda service station which was affected by the flood, was grateful for all volunteers and their support. “It was already a challenging year with the 2nd wave of pandemic and business is just recovering when the worst flood in years hit us. The flood on 18 December was an unforgettable experience as our station was besieged in 8 ft height of water. We are just very thankful for the assistance during clean-up from the team of volunteers from Petron. We look forward to our customers returning to our service station soon,” said Nurul Faidz.
Petron Johor dealers also responded swiftly to calls for assistance from flood victims in the Klang Valley and east coast states. The dealers in these areas raised a total of RM25,000 in just 3 days. This benefited flood victims through Petron’s collaboration with MERCY MALAYSIA. A simple presentation ceremony was held on 31 December 2021 at Petron KM17.1 NS Highway South-bound led by the president of MERCY Johor, Mohamed Noor Suleiman and Petron Kebun Teh’s service station dealer, Sharifah Shamini Syed Muhammad.
“I believe no one person could have made such an impact in such a short time. It was a collective effort of Petron Johor Dealers with the aim to help flood-affected victims get their lives back together, #unityovercomesallobstacles,” said Sharifah Shamini, representing Petron Johor dealers.
“We are grateful for the generosity shown by our dealers. Such initiatives will help alleviate the difficulties faced by the community as a result of the flood. Together with our staff and business partners, we will continue to reach out to those affected by this sudden calamity and help them bounce back,” said Choong.