January 10 2011

Jan 10, 2011 - The Naza Group of Companies, Malaysia's largest privately owned conglomerate, has joined The Star in embarking on a programme to improve the proficiency of the English language among school students.

The Group donated RM100,000 to The Star's Newspaper-In-Education (NiE) school sponsorship programme which runs from January to October.

The Star's NiE is a supplement in the newspaper that is aimed at providing students with interesting and fun ways of learning English.

The supplement covers all aspects of the English language and is interactive and syllabus based.

Through the Naza Group's sponsorship, 33 NiE issues will be supplied to 95 schools in the country.

SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of the Naza Group said it was important for students to get a good grasp of the English language earlier on.

"English is the international language in business and the younger generation needs to master it well so that language is no barrier for them to succeed," he said at the handover of a mock cheque to The Star.

Also present at the handover was The Star's group managing director, Datin Linda Ngiam, The Star's chief operating officer, Ho Kay Tat, The Star's executive director and editor in chief, Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Naza Kia Malaysia chief operating officer, Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar and Nasim Sdn Bhd chief operating officer, Dato' Samson Anand George.