A TOTAL of 201 poor pupils from 33 Chinese primary schools in Seberang Prai, Penang, received foodstuff, school bags, stationery items and cash, thanks to a newly set-up foundation.
The foundation comprising a RM1mil education fund was set up by businessman Datuk Peh Weng Khim, 54, in honour of his late mother Tan Ah Kee.
Peh said he could not complete his education due to poverty.
“Poverty should not be a barrier to education.
“As such, I decided to form the foundation to help poor children,” said Peh, who owns several electronic car wash centres at various places in the country.
The presentation ceremony was held at the school hall of SJKC Kim Sen in Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam.
Peh also thanked a few of his friends who chipped in with some money for the pupils.
Foundation chairman Datuk Bey Leang Seng said each pupil received a school bag, Milo, 2B pencils and instant noodles.
He said each pupil would also receive RM750, with RM400 presented at the ceremony while the balance of RM350 would be given on June 2 next year.
Bey in his speech advised the children and parents to make good use of the money for educational purposes.
A total of 234 pupils from all over Seberang Prai had applied for the fund, out of which 201 pupils were successful.
The recipients of the aid were of all races.
They comprised 76 pupils from 13 schools in north Seberang Prai, 98 pupils from 15 schools in central Seberang Prai and 27 pupils from five schools in south Seberang Prai.
The recipients were also treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch during the event.
Among those present were state assembly Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim and Berapit assemblyman Heng Lee Lee.