ABOUT 700 needy families from Chenderiang, Perak, were given food aid courtesy of the late philanthropist Foo Yet Kai’s family and City Motors Group of Companies.
The presentation ceremony at the Kampung Sungai Lah community hall last Sunday kicked off a series of programmes and a run-up to commemorate the 100th year of Yet Kai’s lifetime achievements, which will take place next year.
Among the recipients was 83-year-old Ah Poh, from Kampung Baru Chenderiang, who was glad and thankful to Yet Kai’s family for the aid.
“I am really happy that the Foo family has returned with some contributions.
“This food aid will go a long way for me as I live alone,” he said after receiving a bag of the items from Chenderiang assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu’s representative, Wan Noor Fairus Zulkifli.
“My wife passed away about eight years ago and my children work in other states,” said Ah Poh, adding that he was receiving monthly aid from the Welfare Department while some of his children also sent home money.
Among the items in the food bag are cooking oil, instant noodles, rice noodles and canned food.
City Motors Group executive chairman Datuk Dr Foo Wan Kien said he chose Chenderiang as the first location to kick off the centennial celebration because it was where he was born.
“We want to continue our father’s legacy in philanthropic work and to give back to the community.
“My brother, Wan Thot, plans to set aside RM1mil to beautify the Lata Kinjang waterfall for the locals here,” he said when met.
“We have about 2,300 bags of food aid left and these will be distributed to other needy folk in the coming weeks.
“We will also be calling a press conference in February to announce the other programmes that we will hold,” said Wan Kien, adding that they had also donated 300 electric kettles to flood victims in Kampung Pagoh, Hulu Langat in Selangor last Saturday.
“As for our family’s own celebration, we will have a virtual gathering with all our kin from around the world while wearing the same T-shirt,” he added.
Yet Kai was born in Batu Gajah, Perak, in 1907 but lived in China until he was 17 years old.
He returned to Ipoh and worked with his uncle, famous tin miner Foo Choong Nyit in the early 1920s. He later went on to have his own tin mines and then branched out into finance, timber, plantations and property.
Throughout his lifetime, he made numerous social contributions, including founding Shen Jai High School and donating a building to set up Ipoh’s first private hospital, the Our Lady Hospital, which is now known as Kinta Medical Centre.
Yet Kai also donated money to the building fund of Nanyang University in Singapore in 1954.
He was killed during a robbery in 1961.
To commemorate his contribution to society, a street was named after him in Ipoh.
There are also two buildings named after him, one at Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah in Ipoh and the other in North Point, Hong Kong.