Kuala Lumpur, 20 September 2010 – Employees of Malaysian Electronic Payment System Sdn Bhd (MEPS) recently organised a book donation drive for KL Krash Pad, a teen centre located in the Chow Kit Road area to bolster the centre’s library.

KL Krash Pad is a ‘drop in’ centre for teens and adolescents, and a collaboration effort between the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, Yayasan Salam Malaysia and corporate partners. Children who are registered with the centre receive food and are exposed to educational, health and recreational activities and programs that otherwise may not be accessible to them.

“We encourage our employees to take up initiatives that will benefit the community and the less fortunate. One of our staff initiated the idea of organising a book drive after reading a news article on KL Krash Pad’s need for books. Enhancing literacy levels amongst children is a priority in our educational outreach programme, as it will drive the future of our community and the nation,” said MEPS Group Managing Director, Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh.

According to KL Krash Pad coordinator, Martha Selvaraj, the library is very popular among the children. “Most of them cannot afford to buy books and the library is where they come to read. Reading is the first step towards gaining knowledge and as such we appreciate the contribution made by MEPS. We welcome any other support for KL Krash Pad that will benefit the children.”

The book donation drive was held over two weeks and received strong support from the staff. “We are pleased with our staff’s efforts; some even got family and friends to chip in. This is our first contribution to KL Krash Pad and we are planning other initiatives later in the year to continue to support KL Krash Pad,” Mohd Suhail added.