Yayasan Hasanah Distributed More Than RM550 Million in Social Assistance in 2021

Yayasan Hasanah (“Hasanah”), a foundation of Khazanah Nasional Bhd (“Khazanah”), announced having distributed RM554 million through interventions which reached 1.48 million people in Malaysia last year.

According to The Hasanah Report 2021 launched recently, this reach was through 222 projects involving collaboration with 169 grant partners made up of civil society organisations, government agencies, social enterprises and corporate Malaysia.

These efforts span five impact areas which are: education, community development, environment, arts and public spaces, and knowledge. 

Dato’ Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Yayasan Hasanah Managing Director and Trustee said, “We are honoured to be able to play our part during the challenging periods of 2021, by 

assisting through scholarships, humanitarian relief efforts, livelihood programmes, food distribution, access to education, amongst others, by impacting various individuals in need, across all layers of society. 

Among the partnerships highlighted was the Economic and Malaysian People Protection Package (PERMAI), which was established by the government to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, safeguard the welfare of the people and support business continuity.

The foundation also highlighted its role in the CERDIK initiative to address the digital learning gap for 150,000 students in primary and secondary schools in Malaysia, and to pilot the future adoption of digital learning models. 

“While assistance reached all states in the country, the states that saw the most initiatives were Sabah (32), Selangor (21), and Perak (18) respectively, while 82 other initiatives covered multiple states,” Shahira said.

Among the projects highlighted during the launch event included the establishment of the Secondary School Alternative Assessment (PASM) for special needs students nationwide, the PINTAR-UTAR Mental Health Programme (PUMP 3.0) educating teachers and school counsellors on mental health issues, efforts with the Orang Asli community in Pos Poi, Perak, encouraging sustainable harvesting of bamboo, and the efforts of the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia in empowering women entrepreneurs through conservation and livelihood programmes.

In partnership with the Ministry of Finance, the foundation is currently seeking applicants for its Hasanah Special Grant 2022 Programme, and now accepting submissions for its RM100 million worth of grants to be disbursed in this year. Those interested in applying can do so at

Other grants available are ArtFAS (Arts for All Seasons) for the arts, heritage and culture community, which will open for application from 1 June till 17 July 2022, as well as the Social Enterprise Seed & Growth Fund Grant 2022 which will open from 15 till 30 July, 2022.

Full details of The Hasanah Report are now available online on its interactive website

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