NZ mayor: Allow foreign missions to collect the funds

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  • Saturday, 09 Jun 2018

New Zealand Kapiti Coast mayor K. Gurunathan during the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Asia Pacific Tourism Conference at Hotel Equatorial Penang yesterday. (March 27)WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN / The Star/27 March 2017

PETALING JAYA: More funds, including RM2mil from a donor known only as Mr Lim from a plantation company in Perak, have poured in for Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM), which has also received a suggestion to open it to Malaysians around the world.

Penang-born mayor of Kapiti Coast in Wellington, New Zealand, K. Gurunathan, has called on the Government to arrange for its foreign diplomatic offices to facilitate donations towards the fund after numerous Malaysians expressed their wish to help the nation reduce its debt of RM1 trillion.

Gurunathan said this initiative will improve the links between Malaysian diplomatic gateways and the Malaysian diaspora overseas.

“I see the personal financial donation not as a small contribution towards Malaysia’s debt burden but more as a powerful and symbolic show of support for the commitment of the Pakatan Hara­pan government towards the democratic rule of law and its pledge against racial politics and corruption,” he said in a statement.

Gurunathan said he would be making a NZ$1,000 (RM2,800) donation next week at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington.

He urged Malaysians in New Zealand and around the world to support the campaign, adding that there are 700,000 to a million Malaysians across the world and 18,000 in New Zealand alone.

As of yesterday, the fund, which started on June 1 and ends on Aug 31, stood at RM52.2mil.

Meanwhile, students and teachers of SMK Bandar Utama Daman­sara (4) raised RM3,000 for THM in a three-day donation drive from Tuesday.

It was the brainchild of principal Siti Suaibah S. Said and History teacher Sivakumar Ramachindran.

Siti Suaibah said she hoped other schools would follow in the school’s footsteps.

“It gives students a sense of satisfaction by contributing to the country. Every gesture counts,” she said.

For Form Five student Moses Shalom, who parted with RM200 of his savings, said it might seem like a “small amount” but “I knew I have to play a part – even just a small one – for my country”.

The donation, he added, was from his savings since January this year.

“My parents give me a RM5 daily allowance and I have been setting aside RM2 a day,” said the student, who idolises Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Adam Danial Azizan, 16, said he felt proud of himself and the school for their contribution to the Government.

In Ipoh, three Perak-based companies and an individual donated RM3.5mil to the fund.

A donor identified only as Mr Lim from a plantation company contributed RM2mil and it was presented by Caely Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Alan Chuah to the state government.

Tian Siang Holdings Sdn Bhd, the official dealer of BMW in Perak, contributed RM1mil while public-listed company Choo Bee Metal Industries Bhd gave RM500,000.

The Hilir Perak branch of the Pe­­rak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries also donated RM26,000.

State secretary Datuk Mohd Gazali Jalal received the funds on behalf of the Government.

Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who was present, said he was touched and thankful for the support shown.

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