Rentwise is proud to be working with Sunway Medical Centre in our first ever project that saw the donation of 100 remanufactured computers to 5 public schools in Malaysia. Each school received 20 computers that have undergone the strict 16-step remanufacturing process that Rentwise is uniquely associated with. To celebrate this joyous occasion, a computer lab opening ceremony was held at SK La Salle PJ on the 26 August 2022; one of the 5 schools chosen by Sunway Medical Centre to receive the computers.As the first and only licensed IT equipment remanufacturer in Malaysia, Rentwise is certainly surging ahead at fifth gear as it positively impacts the digital learning abilities of children whose schools’ computer labs are often ill-equipped. The use of remanufacturing technology to empower circularity in IT endpoints (computers and laptops) will ensure that the future leaders of Malaysia will have a chance to stay ahead of the game with the right digital knowledge in today’s world.“We have always wished for our computer lab to be well equipped so that our students are exposed to digital learning. In this day and age, expertise and knowledge in information and communications technology is a compulsory skill and if our computer lab is ill-equipped to support the children’s digital learning needs, they may face even bigger challenges at home,” explains En Zakaria bin Muhammad, the headmaster of SK La Salle PJ.En Zakaria continues, “With these remanufactured computers in place, we are able to plan our schedule to ensure the optimum delivery of IT lessons to all students. The school would like to thank Sunway Medical Centre for their donation of 20 desktop computers through Rentwise who remanufactured them to as good as new. We will put these computers to good use and may they positively impact the lives of our students.”Ms Lin Pui Mei, the Assistant Director of Information, Communication & Technologies Department at Sunway Medical Centre was present to officiate SK La Salle PJ’s computer lab with Ms Wiinie Khong, Group Financial Controller of Rentwise. Ms Lin was truly moved by the difficulties faced by the students in their attempt to stay ahead in their digital learning especially during the pandemic. She believes the simple act of repurposing used computers is impactful and life changing for these students. Not only does it preserve the environment, the social benefits a responsible IT asset disposition and CSR program offers simply leaves no room for her to say no!“Rentwise approached us a few years ago when we were in the midst of refreshing our IT equipment, which normally occurs every 4-5 years. The value proposition offered was simple but meaningful where the equipment, which Sunway Medical Centre is withdrawing, will be channeled to Rentwise to be remanufactured before being donated to school children. This act itself helps addresses a number of issues,” said Dr Seow Vei Ken, Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Medical Centre.“Remanufacturing extends the lifespan of IT equipment, enabling it to be put to good use. More importantly, it is a proper means of waste management, avoiding it from being disposed into landfills, which reduces the impact on the environment.“Computers are an important tool for children to learn in this era for digitalization. During the movement control order (MCO), many students did not have a computer and relied on mobile phones to access online learning. The small display screen is certainly not helpful for their viewing comfort.“With schools opening up post-pandemic, I hope the students will be able to reap great benefits from using the computers during their weekly 1-hour lessons. This will definitely improve their learning capacity and enhance their skills,” Dr Seow adds.70% of the students are from the B40 category, which means they are at the bottom 40% of the Malaysian household income. As such, they are ill-equipped to have any access to digital learning. Having this digital facility now at SK La Salle PJ would certainly help them gain relevance in today’s job market.“We hope to continue to work with Rentwise in their CSR program to ensure that no school children will be left out in their digital learning, while extending the lifespan of IT equipment for the greater good of mother earth,” Dr Seow concludes.Recognising education as a fundamental human right and the importance of digital learning capabilities, Rentwise constantly seeks to establish collaborative partnerships with corporate organisations who are looking at responsible ways to dispose of their IT equipment when they retire old computers. Please do get in touch with us to discover a whole new way of saving the environment and empowering our future leaders at the same time, all by just a single simple act of kindness.
It’s been an amazing first half of 2022 with many exciting happenings and more to come as we get busy with the reopening of all business sectors in Malaysia this post-pandemic period. Sailing through these tough 2 years have not been easy for anyone. We have come to realise the importance of resilience and sustainability as crucial values in weathering uncertainties.At Rentwise, we’ve always been a firm believer of building sustainable business and communities through our reforestation efforts and digital learning empowerment program linking corporates with needy schools. The former helps offset the residual carbon of our remanufactured computers thus helping us achieve Malaysia’s first carbon neutral computer. The latter continues its progress in equipping Malaysian school children with the means to increase their digital learning capacity through donated remanufactured computers.The above mentioned two key events have been driving our organisation forward thus far, as we guide our customers into building ethical business, reduce their carbon footprint through green IT and help them improve on their ESG profile with our carbon neutral remanufactured computers. The aftermath of the unprecedented flood in Dec 2021 and the increasing frequency of witnessing the effects of global warming have somewhat largely made businesses more aware to embark on initiating deeper cuts in carbon emission. For that, we are always ready to serve.Fighting climate change with our remanufactured computer rental solution has been our core business in Malaysia for the past 21 years. We had the unenviable experience of having encountered the ugly side of natural disaster in motion when in last December, a number of our employees living at Sri Muda Shah Alam bore the brunt of the floods in one of the worst hit areas in Malaysia during the year end monsoon.Our operations was badly affected which adversely impacted our business uptime. The world indeed is not in a good shape, economically and environmentally. Our livelihood is at stake. Our 80-men strong organisation lived through it all and slowly but surely, everyone is beginning to realise the very core competency Rentwise as a Green IT infra service provider brings to the table.Just as the adage; “Every cloud has a silver lining”, we finally understood the importance of what we do. Only then will we be able to internalise our core values and project the virtues of a circular business model to our customers in reducing their carbon emission. Because we’ve seen firsthand the ugly side of betraying nature. Because we understand the implications if we don’t change. Because the clock is ticking. Because the lives of our loved ones is at stake.
Being 21 this year, a transitory milestone that signifies the crossing between the realms of dependence to independence as a teenager would, the realization of how far we have come truly struck a familiar chord. In just a flash of over two decades, our computer rental solution in Malaysia has evolved tremendously. Turning this age coinciding with a point in our country as we gear towards the endemic phase is a poignant moment. The bigger the reward, the costlier the sacrifice. As difficult as the road ahead seems to be, we realise sometimes the “pain” is necessary to only make us more aware how human we are. As humans, we have a choice to make. Let’s make that choice count towards our vision to be Sustainable.
The word Sustainability has never ever rang this loud and clear. By the end of 2022, we would have processed almost 400,000 used computers and help reduced almost 300,000,000 Kg of CO2e emission. While these may be mere numbers, every little counts. Every single computer that we can process is one additional e-waste item diverted from their improper disposal either via incineration or landfill. All these contribute to a gradual shift towards improvement in our collective Net Zero journey.On that note, we would also like to share about the Rentwise DNA. It has taken us 21 years to realise what we are made of, literally. Our organisation’s brand name which has stood tall, firm and strong can be appreciated as an acronym in its own right. Indeed, the very essence of what we do is aptly embodied in our attempt to Reconciling Nature & Technology With Innovative & Sustainable Efforts. Truly, we live up to what defines us as not just a name, but an ingrained identity all these years as we build towards a sustainable planet.How do we ensure sustainable computing for a sustainable planet with our remanufactured computers? It takes years of hard work, experience and passion, a dash of determination, grit and foresight, and a generous sprinkling of awards and recognitions especially these past 2 years. The idea of championing for the adoption of PaaS (product as a service) and the rental of remanufactured desktops and laptops is central to the circular economy consumption model in upholding true sustainability.In fact, our string of awards and accolades came streaming in from the end of 2020 just when the pandemic hit. It began with the AREA Award (Circular Economy Leadership Category), followed by the APICTA Award (Inclusion & Community Services Category for Sustainability & Environment) before culminating with the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Award 2021 (Sustainable Growth/Circular Economy Category) in recognition of Malaysia’s First Carbon Neutral Computer. Truly, we have forged excellence in adversity. For that we have our customers and partners to thank for as we work together in hopes of a sustainable future.As the year takes a turn towards the second half of 2022, we know not what holds for us and businesses around the world. It’s a story with an exciting chapter yet to be written. But we are certain that there’s no compromise in fighting climate change when it comes to initiating deeper cuts in carbon emission.Rentwise’s unique value proposition of helping our customers save money by reducing their total cost of IT ownership should be where the story begins for most of us. As organisations battle against uncertain legislative pitfalls, we can always be certain that Rentwise’s carbon neutral IT solution is one of many sensible solutions employed by companies to navigate this challenging ESG landscape.For more information on how Rentwise can help your organization’s decarbonisation journey via the leasing of our remanufactured desktops and laptops, visit our website at www.rentwise.com.
It’s truly an honour and privilege to be working with Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd, Kuala Lumpur Branch (SCAOKL) & Sumitomo Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SCMY) in a joint CSR programme to donate 10 units of remanufactured desktops to SMK Taman Klang Utama (PPKI – Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi / Special Needs Education Integration)’s special needs division on the 28 July 2022.Katsuhito Horiguchi, the General Manager of SCAOKL who is also the Managing Director of SCMY, Charley Chang, Head of Technology Services at Rentwise, and Pn Hjh Umi Kalsom binti Mohd Wahi, Headmistress of the school, officiated the opening of the computer lab during the launching ceremony.“Education is the most important thing that we can contribute to society. When I first arrived this morning, the children and teachers’ faces were so bright. It was such a welcoming sight. I understand that this school has both the regular or mainstream learning and the special needs division as well,” says Mr. Horiguchi. He is glad that Rentwise and SCAOKL/SCMY have collaborated to ensure the 10 units of remanufactured desktops are put to good use for the special needs education programme.“This is a timely move as the school is gearing up their special needs digital syllabus teaching to be in line with current needs. I sincerely hope our computers can effectively support their learning process. Our company has activities worldwide. In each area, we are trying to find out how to best contribute to society. We work with people, and that’s what we are doing today and will always be doing,” Mr Horiguchi adds.About 65% of the students of SMK Taman Klang Utama are from the B40 category; which means they are at the bottom 40% of the Malaysian household income. Some parents cannot even afford to pay for the Parents Teachers Association’s fee of RM 80 per year per family. Education is clearly one of the ways to combat poverty. With these donated remanufactured computers, hopefully, technology can be used to accelerate the children’s computer learning abilities, thereby affording them a competitive advantage in this increasingly digitalised world.“This school has students with special needs education. Our special needs education programme which includes a Basic Multimedia module on digital learning helps them to achieve social independence and academic excellence. We have more than 90 special needs children. Before we got this donated computers, we were borrowing notebooks from mainstream students to be used by the special needs students. With this donation, I believe the children would find more motivation and comfort in their learning,” shares Puan Umi Kalsom of the challenges faced in digital learning by the school’s students.“As a National Champion, this school has just won the Digital Utilisation Technology Awards (special needs children category) back in July 2022, beating the state of Kedah. These donated remanufactured computers came at an opportune time to enable us to make greater strides in our children’s digital learning. They complete our endeavours to achieve bigger breakthroughs in digital education. I was even made to understand that several other PPKI schools will be visiting and using our school as a benchmarking reference for their own digital learning framework,” Puan Umi Kalsom adds with a glint in her eyes.Puan Umi Kalsom sincerely hopes that this digital advancement experienced by her special needs children’s ICT learning can also be extended to other areas of the school. She certainly hopes to see further digitisation of her mainstream students’ learning and management of teachers’ & students’ affairs besides the main purpose of empowering for academic excellence.“On behalf of all teachers of this school, I express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to SCAOKL/SCMY and Rentwise for these donated remanufactured computers. This assistance is truly unexpected and as such, I believe the teachers are more motivated and dedicated now that they feel they have a more meaningful connection and relationship with society at large, with this technological upgrade. It has certainly allowed us to achieve many other visions which we could only dream of before this,” Puan Umi Kalsom concludes.Rentwise would like to thank Katsuhito Horiguchi of SCAOKL/SCMY for his enthusiasm and recognition of this small but highly important initiative as part of Rentwise’s ongoing Digital Learning Empowerment Program (DLEP). We are always on the lookout to work with many more corporate organisations to help them recover much more value than is possible from retired IT equipment as part of our commitment to energise the Circular Economy in Malaysia.Here’s to fulfilling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education) and 12 (Responsible Consumption & Production). Happy children, Happy society, Happy environment! Happy days ahead indeed.
Recognising education as a fundamental human right and the importance of digital learning capabilities, Rentwise constantly seeks to establish collaborative partnerships with corporate organisations who are looking at responsible ways to dispose of their IT equipment when they retire old computers. Please do get in touch with us to discover a whole new way of saving the environment and empowering our future leaders at the same time, all by just a single simple act of kindness.
In this day and age, when we think of education, it is natural to associate it with a computer. This is because digital literacy is the way forward for generations to come.
Prior to the establishment of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tun Fuad Stephens (SMK TFS), many students did not continue their education to secondary school. The nearest secondary school was located in the neighbouring towns and accessibility was only through one red dirt road mixed with gravel whilst the public transport available then was a few ‘Land Cruisers’.
With its history dating back from 1982, SMK Tun Fuad Stephens now has a population of 1,069. Approximately 60km from Kota Kinabalu, the school serves about 16 villages around its vicinity, many of whom are in the B40 category.
Nonetheless, although the school possesses an IT lab, unfortunately there are no functional PCs. Upon hearing this and being approached by the school to assist this situation, Rentwise reached out to our corporate clients to venture into this initiative. Sharing the same vision to bridge the digital divide in school going children, Sunway Medical stepped up to answer this call in collaborating with us with a donation of 23 remanufactured desktops (which will serve the children for a good 3-5 years).
Sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances caused by the implementation of the MCO in March 2020, which resulted in the delayed deployment of these computers, only in January 2021 were the items finally able to reach SMK Tun Fuad Stephens, Kiulu, Tamparuli, Sabah.
By sharing this true experience endured by many nationwide due to the lack of IT equipment in schools, Rentwise calls out to corporates to come forward to address these pressing needs and together we can help empower our children’s future. After all, education is a fundamental human right!
“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime” – Lao Tzu
“A child without education is like a bird without wings.” – Tibetan Proverb
As our technologies evolve, our society is expected to advance alongside them. That’s why in today’s digitalised era – where smartphones, tablets, and gadgets rule our everyday lives – it’s become more important than ever to make sure that we are given proper IT education. And it’s this education that must be taught in our youth in order to catch up with the pace of our evolution.
In order to nurture IT education in the young while making sure that carbon emissions are kept to a minimum or ideally offset completely, Selangor-based secondary school SMK Desa Serdang received 25 remanufactured desktop PCs from Rentwise Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with Sunway Medical Centre Sdn Bhd in October 2021.
This donation comes as part of Rentwise’s CSR efforts, and will benefit the 1200 students currently studying at the school. Students there will receive the bulk of the core education which will help prepare them for adulthood, where they will also begin to explore what they wish to pursue in the future. With that in mind, receiving a proper IT education is a core part of their maturation and development.
Rentwise Sdn Bhd currently leads Malaysia’s green IT infrastructure sector, serving as a MITI-certified manufacturer and Microsoft-registered refurbisher of technological devices. Understanding that purchasing new devices can be incredibly costly on both finances and the environment, this sustainability-focused enterprise has placed their efforts in giving old and used devices a new life through a meticulous 16-step restoration process. The result? Devices that return their former glory, appearing and performing as if new.
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In October 2021, the future got a lot brighter for the students of SJK Tamil Dengkil. Thanks to the contribution of used equipment from Sunway Medical Centre Sdn Bhd, 20 remanufactured desktop PCs from leading green IT infrastructure services provider, Rentwise Sdn Bhd, were donated to the school for the children’s use.
A primary school located in the Sepang District of Selangor, the institution currently provides for a total of 295 students. In order to improve IT education and better secure future opportunities for its students, the school sought support from Rentwise to procure remanufactured computers.
In their pursuit to make modern and digitalised living kinder to the environment, Rentwise specializes in the remanufacture and refurbishment of everyday devices such as laptops, desktops, and even smartphones. By breathing new life into used or old parts, the company is able to not only return devices to same-as-new, or better condition and performance – but also helps cut costs up to 40% and reduce their carbon footprint by 75%. The remaining C02 emissions are offset by reforestation, which allows Rentwise products to reach Carbon Neutrality – contributing to more sustainable, environmentally-friendly efforts.
This CSR initiative by Rentwise is a testament to the company’s mission in significantly offsetting their annual carbon footprint and the race to net zero.
For further details on how remanufactured and refurbished products work at Rentwise, more information can be found here.
Local institution Sekolah Kebangsaan Kg Raja Uda – or SK Kg Raja Uda for short – is based at Jalan Kenanga in the state of Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor. Comprised of a total of 743 students, the school has struggled with providing sufficient IT education due to a lack of resources. In this technologically-driven era, it’s crucial to have, at the very least, basic IT education instilled into children so that they will be well-equipped to pursue their aspirations in the future.
As the country’s leading provider in green IT infrastructure services, Rentwise Sdn Bhd believes that not only is education important – but it shouldn’t cost the earth. Rather than have the world constantly rely on purchasing new computers, the local enterprise prides itself on its 16-step remanufacturing process, where reused as well as repaired computer parts are combined and then rebuilt into devices that perform just like new. This not only helps to save up to 75% in carbon footprint compared to new purchases, it also reduces monetary cost by up to 40%.
With used equipment donated through Sunway Medical Centre Sdn Bhd, Rentwise delivered a total of 20 remanufactured desktop PCs to SK Kg Raja Uda in August 2021 as part of their CSR initiatives. With this donation, the students of SK Kg Raja Uda will have improved access to IT education, and be better equipped to face the digital future. This also cements Rentwise’s leadership in green IT infrastructure and its commitment to foster education in children.
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The “give back to the community” effort has been the driver that initiated the Digital Learning Empowerment Programme (DLEP) in 2009. By equipping needy schools as well as NGOs with PCs and upgraded infrastructure, this program ensures that no child in dire need for these facilities would be left behind. Recently, Malaysia’s largest bottled water producer, Spritzer Bhd (est. 1993) and Rentwise Sdn Bhd saw 16 PCs worth RM33,500.00 donated to Hua Lian High School in Taiping, Perak.
At an interview with BFM on 18th Feb, 2021, Dr. Chuah Chaw Teo, R&D Director for Spritzer Bhd, likened the collaboration with Rentwise as an alignment of common goals – ‘to bridge and uplift the standard of digital education’. Further reiterating that Rentwise’s stringent remanufacturing process is beneficial to the environment by reducing carbon footprint. He also mentioned that Spritzer’s Chairman who is an active member of the school board, very passionate about the welfare and well-being of the students and teachers alike, also supported this initiative as yearly donation drives which involve the community and business partners are usually organised to ensure that the facilities and upkeep of the related schools are maintained.
Likewise, Ms Leanne Ooi, CEO of Rentwise, celebrates this coming together by stating, “We need more organisations to come forward to fulfil such needs,” crediting Spritzer Bhd for their like mindedness in this collaboration. Adding on, “This successful collaboration will open the pathway to many similar projects between Spritzer and Rentwise in the near future.”
Over the years, Rentwise has collaborated with various corporate entities to donate their retired PCs for the common good. Taking this opportunity, Ms Ooi calls out to corporates, MNCs, GLCs, and even government bodies by encouraging them to work with Rentwise to ensure a better future for generations to come by providing PC access to more needy schools and NGOs.
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The impact of Covid-19 has brought a severe disruption amongst the educational institutions and level of learning conducted in Malaysia today. Coming to recognise the inadequacies and inequities present during a crisis as such, Rentwise is proud to have combined its efforts with the prestigious Harvard Club of Malaysia in May 2021 in providing the best support of services through its Digital Learning Empowerment Programme (DLEP).
Serving to support the advancement of the Malaysian education institutions through a complete set of digital learning resources and ICT development, a pilot corporate social responsibility (CSR) project with the Harvard Club of Malaysia was initiated. A total of 25 units of desktops and monitors were distributed to the reputable school of SK Damansara Jaya 2, Selangor.
The Harvard Club of Malaysia which was founded and developed to foster the spirit of community and fraternity amongst its members, also holds a special mission by heart in wanting to improve the educational growth and welfare of the needy community in Malaysia. “This has indeed nurtured our vision together as we combine and implement our efforts in providing IT equipment that delivers additional measures for the school in providing continuous educational support through online learning systems during this pandemic,” conveyed Mr. Lanz Boo, the Commercial Director at Rentwise, Malaysia.
As a provider of Green IT infrastructure services, Rentwise seeks to raise the educational standards of Malaysia through various CSR initiatives and collaborations with corporate clients. As such, this would not just develop a sustainable learning opportunity but also contribute to the growth of a resilient community in the future.
Established in 1959 by the De La Salle Brothers as a way to ease pressure off places in the rapidly expanding St. John’s Institution, national primary school SK La Salle, Petaling Jaya, carries a notable history in Malaysia’s education industry. With En. Zakaria at the helm of the primary school, the institution now provides for 480 students.
As part of its ongoing CSR program dedicated to improving the IT education of young Malaysians in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, Rentwise Sdn Bhd has graciously equipped SK La Salle’s computer labs with 20 remanufactured desktop PCs, donated by Sunway Medical Centre Sdn Bhd in April 2021.
While most may think it is ideal to rely on brand new devices, Rentwise debunks this myth through their remanufacturing and refurbishing services on old, used devices. Microsoft-registered and MITI-certified, the company believes their solutions provide a greener solution in the IT Infrastructure sector – offsetting carbon emissions by 75% and saving up to 40% in cost. Where others may see computers that are “too old” to function, Rentwise sees this as an opportunity to create a solution that’s better for both consumers and the environment – without compromising on quality and practicality.
By donating refurbished desktops to local schools, Rentwise will be able to help improve the education quality of Malaysian students while staying true to their commitment in their race to net zero.
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