HE may be celebrating his 80th birthday, but Hai-O Enterprise Bhd founder Tan Kai Hee continues to do his bit for the underprivileged.
On top of donating more than RM2.27mil to 38 entities, Tan also announced that he would be entrusting shares of his company worth a total of RM100mil to a trust company.
All profits and dividends from it will go towards public welfare.
Tan, who is also chairman of the company’s board of directors, said that his family had given their blessings for him to do this.
“My children know they will not be inheriting anything when I’m gone, and they would rather challenge themselves and start something on their own.
“I hope my children will have the courage to try and do better than their father,” he said.
Tan’s wife, Tan Siow Eng, revealed that for the past nine years, her husband had been actively donating to charity. He had handed out RM18mil in that period.
Tan’s decision to give it all away to charity moved all those who were present at his birthday celebration, which took place at the Klang Hokkien Association Hall on Sunday.
He said he usually did not celebrate his birthday, but was honoured and grateful to have the presence of two very important people, namely China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Hui Kang and Rimbunan Hijau Group executive chairman Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King, at his birthday party.
“Their expectations of me are well beyond my capabilities, but I do hope I can continue to challenge myself, so as not to disappoint them,” he added.