BUKIT MERTAJAM: Former hole-in-the-heart boy Tan Choon How, 12, certainly has a heart of gold as he has given RM10,000 of the excess money donated to him to help a pair of Siamese twins in true caring Malaysian spirit.
Yesterday, Tan who was accompanied by his mother Ng Bak Nai and Jawi assemblyman Tan Cheng Liang presented the cheque to twins Siti Maisarah Zaidi and sister Siti Zulaikha, two months, who were conjoined at the chest.
Choon How said he wanted to help other needy people after his successful heart surgery last month.
Public donations helped me go through the surgery and it is time for me to help others. I thank the public for their kindness and todays donation is my gesture of appreciation. Nobody wants to be sick, he said.
Choon How and his mother had appealed for public donations through Cheng Liangs Jawi Charity Trust Fund to raise RM20,000 for the surgery and caring Malaysians responded generously after his plight was highlighted in The Star.
With the donations, a surgery was performed on him on April 29 at a private hospital on the island.
Yesterday, Choon How called on the twins at their grandmothers house in Permatang Pasir near Permatang Pauh.
The twins father, Zaidi Mat Noor, 32, thanked Choon How for his generosity saying that only God could repay his kindness. I am touched by this gesture and I pray to God that he will lead a healthy life, he said.
Those who wish to donate can contact Zaidi at 04-3900001 or write to 902, Mukim 2, Permatang Pasir, 13500 Permatang Pauh.