Donation of new ambulance to serve poor folk

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 04 Aug 2020

Liow (third from left) at the ambulance handover ceremony with Kuan (third from right). With them are (from right) Yayasan Winner Emperor Sedunia chairman Datuk Danny Lee Kum Weng, Yayasan Winner Emperor executive adviser Datuk John Lee Kim, Liow’s companion, and IOI Mall Puchong general manager Dylan Chan.

YAYASAN Winner Emperor Sedunia has donated a brand new ambulance to Community Policing Malaysia to serve the poor community.

Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng said the vehicle would help in meeting the demand for free ambulance service provided by the organisation since 2015.

“While we have many doctors and healthcare providers on board, for the poor and especially the bedridden, transportation to a hospital is a difficulty.

“This is a gap that needs to be filled and we appeal to more organisations to help out here, ” said Kuan.

The ambulance is the fourth vehicle donated by the foundation – the charitable arm of Winner Dynasty Group – to Community Policing Malaysia since 2016, bringing the total number of ambulances in operation to seven.

Yayasan Winner Emperor Sedunia founder Datuk Seri Liow Soon Hee, who is chairman of Winner Dynasty Group, presented the RM142,000 ambulance to Kuan in a ceremony at IOI Mall Puchong recently.

“Community Policing Malaysia whose motto is ‘Serve Without Borders’ has helped society tremendously over the years and I am happy to add another ambulance to their fleet.

“Ambulances are vital in emergencies as every moment counts. That is why I decided to purchase a new ambulance rather than a used vehicle, to avoid any risk of breakdown, ” said Liow.

Kuan said that for now, the new ambulance would be mainly for transporting non-critical cases; eventually, it would be fitted with equipment that can be used in emergencies.

“We are thankful for the donation and we hope they will continue to support us as we still cannot meet the demand for all cases, ” he said.

The plan is to expand the ambulance fleet to 10 vehicles in Selangor, where the service is utilised by hundreds of people every month, he added.

According to Kuan, the ambulance service will be extended to five states in the near future to transport outstation patients for treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, National Heart Institute, and National Cancer Institute in the city.

“For people who are not able to go to the hospital because they don’t have access to ambulance services, it is a form of suffering, ” he said.

Liow, a 32-year-old businessman who is billed as the country’s youngest philanthropist, has been donating to charities and individuals since 2016.

Among the beneficiaries is his alma mater SMK Bandar Baru Ampang.

Its principal Rabiya Mohamad Sultan recalled: “Datuk Seri Liow phoned us out of the blue to ask how he could contribute.

“The receptionist thought it was a joke, as usually we have to call people to ask for help.”

Rabiya said the school needed fans, air conditioners, new flooring as well as wiring and general repairs.

“Most of all we needed three big-screen LED smart TVs for our teachers to conduct lessons, ” she said.

Liow donated seven smart TVs amounting to more than RM49,000 and RM6,000 worth of electronic devices.

He also signed a pledge to give a further RM550,000 to build a new school hall.

“He really lives up to his moniker, Malaysia’s youngest philanthropist, ” said Rabiya.

Liow said he grew up in the vicinity of SMK Bandar Baru Ampang and used to walk to school.

But on the day that he went to the school to hand over his donations, he arrived in a Bentley, followed by a Rolls-Royce carrying his directors.

“I studied Form 1 to Form 5 here so I have a sentimental attachment. Puan Rabiya was then my discipline teacher.”

Rabiya added: “I left SMK Bandar Baru Ampang soon after Datuk Seri Liow left the school. I returned as the principal a few years ago so fate has brought our paths to cross again.”

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