Caring for the needs of NGOs

Chow (third left) with state exco members receiving the mock cheques from Dr Ooi (fourth left) and Ong (second right) at the presentation ceremony in conjunction with the FMM-OCBC charity event 2020 in Komtar, Penang.

THE Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Penang branch and OCBC Bank have raised RM900,000 to help non- governmental organisations (NGOs) in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said 20 welfare associations — six on the mainland and 14 on the island — received RM20,000 each on Nov 6 and Wednesday respectively.

He said the Penang Lawan Covid-19, a state government initiative, also received RM100,000.

He added that 2020 was the most challenging year many had ever faced in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“A virus that is so tiny yet can have such a humongous impact on the social economic order of the world.

“The world is still full of hope as we have individuals, groups and organisations that are kind-hearted and willing to extend a helping hand to those who need our compassion and generosity.

“I urge more individuals, groups and organisations in both the corporate and public sector to extend their support and collaborate with the state government for the betterment of our people.

“I hope that more companies will come forward to carry out similar corporate social responsibility programmes, as I strongly believe that during these dark times, together, we can shine the brightest, ” he said at the FMM-OCBC charity event 2020 cheque presentation at Komtar, Penang, on Wednesday.

Present were FMM Penang outgoing chairman Datuk Dr Ooi Eng Hock, its incoming chairman Datuk Jimmy Ong, OCBC Bank Penang branch senior manager Chea Hak Tee and state exco members.

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