MELAKA: A state executive councillor took it upon himself to dress up as Santa Claus – minus the reindeer – to bring Yuletide cheer to children and the less fortunate.
State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong loaded his “sleigh” – his official car – with gifts before driving around to meet and greet people.
The Kota Laksamana assemblyman promised to appear as Father Christmas to bring festive cheer to children in his constituency, as well as 89 students at the Montfort Youth Centre in Ayer Salak here.
With his driver on medical leave, Low drove himself to deliver the Christmas gifts.
“Santa Claus has no choice but to go without ‘Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer’, ” he quipped when met outside a hotel yesterday.
Low was at the hotel hosting an early Christmas bash for 60 children from two orphanages.
Earlier, he attended the Montfort centre where he handed gifts and also pledged a grant of RM5,000 from the state government.
“The centre is in need of financial aid to maintain its training facility and to continue supporting needy students in obtaining quality skill training, ” he said.
Low said he would continue with his role as Santa this week.
“When I was young, I used to get expensive toys from Santa and now, I am doing the same to bring joy to the kids in my area, ” he said.
He is also organising a Christmas outing for needy children at Casa del Rio here so that they can enjoy a “White Christmas” with
tinsel and decorative bells.