MELAKA: Instead of receiving gifts from well-wishers, humanitarian Datuk Tan Hor Sam decided to do the opposite on his 70th birthday.
He has offered funds for Chinese-type schools in the state.
And, the schools could submit requests for the aid to build a hall or a library.
“Schools that have such facilities in mind but don’t have sufficient funding can also apply,” he said in an interview.
Apart from the offer, Tan also gave away monetary contributions to two vernacular schools, an education-based NGO, religious bodies and the Melaka Newspaper Vendors’ Association on his birthday recently.
Tan is the association’s honorary chairman.
The birthday bash was attended by about 60 dignitaries, including some who came from as far as Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.
Among the renowned figures were Datuk Ahmad Johari Tun Razak, the second son of the second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, diamond magnate and Tomei Group founder and group executive chairman Tan Sri Dr Ng Teck Fong, Bina Puri Holdings Bhd group managing director Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng, retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Wira Low Hop Bing, former chief minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam and former Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye.
Also present were the Prime Minister’s political secretary Datuk Wong Nai Chee and state MCA chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong.
Tan, a retired lawyer, is currently honorary chairman and legal adviser of 30 associations, including sport, clan, religious, cultural and education bodies.
The father of three managed a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur for 18 years since 1977 before moving here.
The UK-educated barrister-in-law also helped in the construction of new buildings for vernacular schools in Kuala Linggi and Kuala Lumpur between 1978 and 1986.
“My 70th birthday is something that I would like to cherish and also to make others happy.
“I will continue my philanthropic duties as long as I live,” Tan said.
School managements that need the funds can contact his lawyer Tom Lee Kuang Chow at 012-606 3019.
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