RM100,000 boost for medical fund

Mohamad Akbal (centre) handing over a RM100,000 mock cheque to Fu (left) at Menara Star. Looking on is Puteri Norsabirah.

STAR Foundation has received a generous donation of RM100,000 from Hans Advisory & Trust Co Ltd which will go towards its Medical Fund Programme.

Hans Advisory director Mohamad Akbal Mohd Yunos made the donation to Star Foundation at a simple ceremony at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya. He handed a cheque for the amount to Star Media Group (SMG) and Star Foundation chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow. Also present was Hans Advisory senior consultant Puteri Norsabirah Jamaludin.

Mohamad Akbal said the RM100,000 was the company’s initiative to fund surgeries for needy and ill children.

“We trust Star Foundation has the experience and wisdom to identify people in need (for this programme).

“This is our way of giving back to society.

“The recipients (the children) are our country’s future. By giving to them, we hope they will become better citizens and do the same in future, ” he said.

Mohamad Akbal said the donation was part of the company’s ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects this year.

It had previously made donations to other establishments, including old folks homes and places of worship.

Hans Advisory is a licensed trust company in Labuan which offers a full range of services in incorporating Labuan entities.

It also provides secretarial services to clients, comprising mainly local and international investors who conduct business from Labuan or through Labuan. “Malaysia is a generous country. We are very fortunate and have the luxury to enjoy life, but there are many others who are not so lucky.“These people deserve to be assisted, ” added Mohamad Akbal.

On behalf of Star Foundation, Fu conveyed his appreciation to Hans Advisory for its generous contribution to the foundation, specifically the medical fund programme.

“Since inception, we have contributed about RM19.8mil to NGOs, old folks homes, orphanages, training centres for the disabled, the underprivileged and more.

“We are stringent in our due diligence process, with a team to check on who are qualified recipients, so the money is properly used.

“The medical fund aims to help Malaysians below 21 years of age who need financial assistance to undergo surgical procedures.

“There is proper SOP and every case brought to us will be vetted and subsequently reviewed by a panel of doctors to ensure eligibility, ” said Fu.

He said during the pandemic last year, the foundation raised RM2.6mil, including its own RM1mil contribution to support Covid-19 frontliners through close liaison with the Health Ministry.

Star Foundation, which is SMG’s charitable arm, was established in 2004 to deliver meaningful initiatives with lasting outcomes to a diverse group of beneficiaries.

The Medical Fund Programme was initiated in 2015 to sponsor one-off medical treatment and care for underprivileged individuals with chronic illnesses.

For more details, visit starfoundation.com.my

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