Reaching out to its Nepali workers


(Left seated, in grey shirt) Hwa Thong Bags Industries Sdn Bhd marketing director Jeremy Ong and staff posing for a group photo after donating RM25,000 to its 13 Nepalese employees whose families were affected by the Nepal earthquake.

MANY Malaysian companies have been generous in supporting their Nepali employees after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

Hwa Thong Bags Industries Sdn Bhd donated RM25,000 to its 13 Nepali employees whose families were greatly affected by the disaster.

The company’s chief operating officer Ron Ong said the best way to contribute was to help the families of their Nepali employees.

“When we heard about the disaster, we decided to help their families as much as we could,” said Ong, adding that he saw the sorrow in the eyes of his Nepali workers.

“We mustn’t forget them in their time of need,” he said, adding that the money came from Hwa Thong’s staff and partners.

Megh Bhadur’s home was the worst affected among his fellow colleagues as his entire house in the district of Gorkha was destroyed.

“I was worried and felt like my world had collapsed when I found out what had happened back home.

“But I thank God that my mother, wife and three children were not in the house when it came tumbling down,” said Bhadur, adding that there was not much he could do but call home for updates.

As the breadwinner, Bhadur could not check on his family because he had to work and send money home.

“I can only watch helplessly.

“That’s why I’m so grateful for the help Hwa Thong has given us. I can never thank my boss enough,” said Bhadur.

Bhadur’s wife described in a phone call how they had to live in tents and there was not enough food to go around.

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