X-FAB adopts orangutan to support conservation efforts

Riemer (second left) handing over the mock cheque to Isobeth while Lee (left) and Nor Emel Farnida (right) look on.

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KUCHING, Jan 15: X-FAB Silicon Foundries (X-FAB), as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, has adopted an orangutan named Jubilee at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to support orangutan conservation.

Through this CSR initiative in December last year, X-FAB worked with Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) to promote awareness on the primate’s conservation and rehabilitation.

For each visitor who clicked on their Christmas page, X-FAB donated 25 sen to SFC’s wildlife conservation fund.

“We hope to extend the programme for people to be aware of the importance of the orangutan in the jungle,” said SFC corporate communications manager Isobeth Bana after receiving RM10,000 from Dr Manfred Riemer, X-FAB group chief operating officer at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, this morning.

“At X-FAB, we believe in giving back to our society, not only to the community where we operate but also to the environment.

“This endangered species plays crucial roles in our ecosystem. It takes 10-15 years for them to reach sexual maturity. Giving birth to only one baby at a time at most every 5 years makes them have an extremely low reproductive rate which in turn makes them extremely vulnerable to extinction. We want to be part of this conservation effort,” said Riemer.

Also present at the ceremony were X-FAB Sarawak Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Lee Boon Chun, human resource director Maureen Labarge and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre park manager Nor Emel Farnida Jaddil.

Besides its orangutan, turtle and hornbill adoption programmes, SFC is looking into the conservation of other wild life including rafflesia and sponsorship for reef ball initiatives.

Currently, there are more than 30 free-ranging orangutans living at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.

SFC welcomes more contributions in cash or volunteer work. Members of the public may adopt a specific orangutan for a year by contributing RM200 a year, and for companies, it is RM10,000 a year.

Proceeds from the programme will be used to fund conservation activities and rehabilitation of wildlife.

Anyone who is interested to adopt are welcome to contact SFC Corporate Communications at 082-629340. — DayakDaily