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Kuching, Shell Malaysia yesterday awarded financial grants to three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and one social enterprise who will be undertaking sustainable development projects that will benefit communities across Malaysia for the 11th time.

The Shell Malaysia Sustainable Development Grants ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Speaker of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly, Yang Berhormat Dato Gerawat Gala, who commended Shell Malaysia for its continued effort in promoting the sustainable development agenda in the country.

‘Shell has contributed much to the development of the oil and gas industry in Malaysia, but this has never stopped the organisation from finding other ways to contribute to the communities in the country. I applaud Shell for its commitment in helping Malaysia develop, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals,’ said YB Dato Gerawat Gala.

‘I’m especially pleased to see grants being awarded for the benefit of the Sarawakian communities by Shell Malaysia. At the Sarawak Legislative Assembly, community projects like these bring to surface issues that help in our discussions surrounding Sarawak’s policies,’ added YB Dato Gerawat.

According to Simon Durkin, Vice President of Shell Malaysia Upstream, the Shell Sustainable Development Grants programme was introduced in 2008 and since then, it has disbursed more than RM4.2 million to 100 different projects across Malaysia. This comprises a total of 60 unique organisations inclusive of academia, community-based organisations, and environmental conservation societies.

‘Through the Shell Sustainable Development Grants programme, Shell is working to engage further with the local communities around us to exchange knowledge, impart skills and create new partnerships. Thus, helping to develop community and enterprise skills, with the aim of improving environmental conservation, enabling sustainable livelihoods and preserving important local community traditions. This year, we have partnered with a local organisation “Incitement” to help us select, through an impartial evaluation process, the projects that are receiving the grants today,’ added Durkin.

This year’s recipients that will undertake projects in selected locations of Sarawak are Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre and D’Athirah Enterprise. These projects will revolve around empowering communities for sustainable livelihoods and furthering research into the elasmobranch species of fish in Sarawak waters.

In Sabah, Shell is partnering with Cheshire Home KK to engage their tenants with meaningful employment. For Kuala Lumpur, Shell will work together with EcoKnights to coordinate urban communities in repurposing their used cooking oil to protect their waterways.

To know more about the Shell Sustainable Development Grants Programme and other social investment programmes, visit

Note to editor:

  • Shell plays an active role through the Shell Sustainable Development Grants programme, beyond just being a financial partner for these projects.
  • Shell Malaysia works together with selected NGOs or Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to refine their respective projects using a Logic Framework as per Shell’s internal standards on social investments.
  • Shell co-develops and further refines the proposed project in partnership with NGOs and CBOs to bring the most value to the benefitting communities.
  • This not only equips organisations to deliver more sustainable projects but allows them to independently continue their efforts in the future.
  • Shell actively looks for opportunities for our own staff to volunteer and be ambassadors for activities with our partner organisations. 

Shell Sustainable Development Grants 2019 recipients (Sabah): 

Area Organisation

Project Summary

Likas, Kota Kinabalu Cheshire Home PVC Furniture Workshop Employment – Cheshire Home is partnering with Oliver Putut Enterprise to host a PVC pipe furniture workshop for the benefit of employing its tenants. The aim is to create opportunities for the physically challenged to attain meaningful employment. The PVC pipe furniture manufacturer is also a 2016 Sabah Shell LiveWIRE winner.

Shell Sustainable Development Grants 2019 recipients (Sarawak):

Area Organisation Project Summary
Kuching D’Athirah Enterprise D’Athirah Magic Ruler Academy – Using their patented ruler, D’Athirah Enterprise has made sewing more accessible to the masses as a form of uplifting one’s socio economic resilience. By training and empowering the womenfolk of Kuching’s B40 community to sew and tailor at her academy, she will be able to equip these communities to fend for themselves.
Uma Nyaving, Sungai Asap Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre Forest, The New Economy – By combining the growth of trees and agricultural crops, TRCRC intends to empower local communities in the Sungai Asap region to apply agroforestry land-use models. It is the aim that all 24 hectares for this pilot will be a successful agroforestry plot by 2020.

Shell Sustainable Development Grants 2019 recipients (Kuala Lumpur): 

Area Organisation Project Summary
Klang Valley, Selangor EcoKnights EcoKnights Cooking4Cleaning – EcoKnights will engage urban communities on repurposing used cooking oil, with the aim of preventing it from entering our waterways in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. By engaging neighbourhood associations and creating opportunities to market used cooking oil soap, EcoKnights hopes to create a sustainable way of maintaining these initiatives. 

For further Media Enquiries, please contact:

Prema Balan
External Relations Advisor, Shell Malaysia Upstream

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