In response to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad’s call to ASEAN countries to help Indonesia as it begins the task of restoration following the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Astro Malaysia and Maxis kickstarted a campaign to help raise funds to Tabung Bencana Gempa Bumi & Tsunami Sulawesi. Astro and Maxis will make a joint contribution of RM5 million to the Tabung.
The joint contribution from Astro and Maxis is intended to aid in the restoration of Sulawesi, in particular rebuilding schools and communities. Both Astro and Maxis have always upheld the belief that education plays a vital role in the sustainable economic growth and development of communities.
In addition, Astro will also utilise airtime from TV, radio and digital and its talent for a campaign to raise awareness and to encourage Malaysians to assist in Sulawesi’s plight. Astro will continue to provide comprehensive news coverage of the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts via Astro Awani.
The RM5 million contribution was presented by Tun Zaki Azmi, chairman of Astro, and Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda, chairman of Maxis, to Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the minister in charge of the fund. Dr Mahathir said, “The damage done was great. We would encourage donation to the region. I thank you (Maxis and Astro) for the contribution towards the Tabung Bencana Gempa Bumi & Tsunami Sulawesi.”
“We are saddened by the tragedy that has struck Palu and the devastation that has impacted its people. It’s also important that people are able to stay connected especially across borders. So, we encourage our Hotlink RED customers to connect with their loved ones by taking advantage of the free calls to Indonesia that is currently available to them. We are pleased to be joining Astro in making this humble contribution, which we certainly hope will help the country's efforts in easing the burden of those affected during this difficult time,” said Raja Tan Sri Arshad.