BURSA Malaysia Bhd held a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in October 2020 where the Exchange pledged RM10 for every central depository system (CDS) account that was opened by female investors.
A total of RM219,240 was raised from the campaign, which will be donated to the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) to support their awareness and cancer screening outreach programme for communities across the Klan Valley.
In addition to the funds raised, Bursa Malaysia also saw a 191% increase of CDS accounts opened by women during the campaign period (October – December 2020), compared to the same period the previous year.
“This initiative is part of the Exchange’s efforts in promoting gender equality in the marketplace and to reduce the gender investing gap as women currently account for only 32% of investors in the capital market,” said Bursa Malaysia CEO Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift.
During the virtual cheque presentation ceremony, Minister of Finance Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said: “This is an important cause for us and is reflected in Budget 2021 themed ‘Teguh Kita, Menang Bersama’ which also seeks to provide for women with high risk of breast cancer.” – Feb 6, 2021