For The Future
Corporate social responsibility is deeply entrenched in Poh Group’s corporate culture through our founder, Mr Poh Kay Ping, who devotes a lot of his personal time to local community engagement and grassroots activities.
For his contribution to Public Service, Mr Poh was conferred the Public Service Medal, PBM (Pingat Bakti Mastarakat) in 2007 and the Public Service Star, BBM (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) in 2013.
Mr Poh is a Council Member, appointed by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affair Minister of Singapore, Mr Teo Chee Hean, and an active spokesperson for the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), which is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting public awareness and concern about crime and to propagate the concept of self-help in crime prevention. He regularly appears on TV and radio to champion the NCPC’s cause, which also includes the Delta League programme that aims to keep youths from committing crimes by introducing them to appropriate activities such as sports.
Mr Poh is also the Chairman of the NCPC’s Senior Citizens Committee, which is responsible for establishing the guidelines for the prevention of crime against senior citizens.
Mr Poh is a Council Member, appointed by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affair Minister of Singapore, Mr Teo Chee Hean, and an active spokesperson for the Singapore Road Safety Council (SRSC), whose vision is to make the roads of Singapore safer for both motorists and pedestrians by inculcating good safety practices among all road users. As Chairman of the SRSC’s Corporate Relations Committee, Mr Poh is regularly invited to speak on road safety issues both on TV as well as on radio.
Mr Poh is actively involved in the Ulu Pandan Constituency as Chairman of its Community Club Management Committee as well as a Member of the Citizens’ Consultative Committee. He advises the Constituency in several areas including creating a Community Club that engages and fosters interaction and neighbourly-ness among the residents of Ulu Pandan. He also helps to mediate issues among residents.
Mrs Laura Poh, who heads some of Poh Group’s subsidiaries, is also actively involved in community service. She is a member of the Mainly I Love Kids (MILK) Fund, which reaches out to disadvantaged children and youth, both in Singapore and overseas, in the hope of developing them into contributing members of society. These children and youth come from troubled or low-income families and impoverished communities, and are often caught in a downward cycle destined by their circumstances. MILK supports them in their education, care and guidance, vocational and livelihood development, or other special needs. In 2012-2013, MILK disbursed about $11.5m for its various programmes which helped more than 7,000 children in Singapore and more than 24,000 children in the region.
Mrs Poh is also Vice-Chairperson at Compassion Fund which gives support to needy students from low-income families who are in crisis due to the death, sudden major illness or accident of the breadwinner. Without assistance and support, such families in crisis are at risk of declining into poverty and developing chronic family problems, with a detrimental impact on the lives of the children. Compassion Fund aims to give early and timely assistance to these families before situations spiral out of hand. It is a fund offering interim assistance that will link beneficiaries with longer-term help if necessary. Compassion Fund also engage the student community in raising awareness and funds to help fellow students in need.
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