Raziah Geneid’s Vision
It is Raziah Mahmud Geneid’s goal to enhance the lives of all Malaysians by creating better opportunities for education, more choices for affordable housing, and strengthening the economy and environment by encouraging sustainable eco-tourism.
Raziah Geneid feels fortunate to have a university education and extensive professional networks. Using these resources, she has been able to establish programmes that support Malaysians to improve their education and living conditions. She hopes to be able to continue developing residential units that give her fellow citizens access to affordable housing, as well industrial projects to strengthen the national economy. She is also interested in encouraging sustainable living and the growth of eco-tourism in Malaysia. Finally, Raziah Geneid hopes to relieve some of the suffering of those young Malaysians diagnosed with cancer through annual contributions to the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society.
The Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society was created to take care of Malaysian children who have been diagnosed with cancer. The organisation takes in children of every creed, race and religion, helps them understand their cancer treatment, and supports their families. It also educates the public about the disease.
When Raziah Mahmud learned of a Chinese school that had been shut down due to a lack of students, she approached the Education Ministry and arranged for it to be transferred to Taman Tunku region. Her company, Kumpulan Parabena Sdn Bhd, provided over 4 hectares of land for building the new educational establishment. Plans for the school’s new grounds include four blocks of classrooms, a general meeting hall, a football field and a car park. There are also plans to build healthcare clinics and a new university campus in the area. Following these developments, Taman Tunku’s population is expected to grow to 50,000 residents in the coming five to ten years.
As Managing Director for Kumpulan Parabena Sdn Bdh, Raziah Mahmud has made great headway with initiating and creating new developments in Borneo’s Sarawak state. She has improved townships such as in Taman and Taman Tunku, where she manages the construction of new housing units for over 30,000 residents. She has also planned a wastewater treatment facility for Kuching City and 1,000 new housing units for Bintulu.
Sustainability and the growth of eco-tourism in Malaysia has been one of Mahmud’s pet projects, and new conservation practices she has implemented at Gunung Mulu National Park have proven highly successful. Under her management, the national park has become well-known and a prime example of eco-tourism Southeast Asia. In 2001, for the first time ever, Mulu was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.