Star Foundation gets RM500,000 to help the needy


Making a difference: Wong (second from right) handing over the mock cheque of RM500,000 to Fu at Menara Star. Also present are Loh (right) and Loo. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

PETALING JAYA: A timely contribution of RM500,000 will go towards helping the poor and needy communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oriental Holdings Berhad group managing director Datuk Robert Wong Lum Kong made the donation to the Star Foundation, which is Star Media Group’s (SMG) charitable arm, at a simple ceremony at Menara Star where he handed a cheque for the amount to SMG and Star Foundation chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow.

Also present were Wong’s wife Datin Loh Ean, SMG corporate special officer Loo Phan Kooi and Star Foundation assistant manager Selina Ng besides Wong’s colleagues – personal assistant Shirley Ong, SK Chan and sales manager Sam Chong.

Wong, who is also managing director of Boon Siew Sdn Bhd, said RM100,000 from the sum would go towards providing groceries and essentials to vulnerable families in Sabah affected by the pandemic and supporting NGOs in deploying medical volunteers to help manage the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

The remaining RM400,000 will be utilised by Star Foundation in giving financial assistance to qualified NGOs to help with their operating expenses, upgrading of facilities and the running of humanitarian programmes.

Wong thanked SMG and Fu for giving him and his wife the opportunity to present the donation as well as celebrate his birthday, which falls on Nov 17.

“It will be my 80th birthday, so my wife said we should do something good for our country.

“We appreciate that the Star Foundation will help us distribute the funds to the needy, ” he said, adding that he and his wife donated to worthy causes every year.

Wong shared that he had the same birthday as Honda Motor founder Soichiro Honda, and the same Chinese zodiac sign – the dragon – as his father-in-law, founder of Boon Siew and Oriental Holdings group of companies, Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew.

“I feel privileged to have known and worked with these two automotive legends, ” he added.

Fu thanked Wong for the generous donation and said that it was one of the biggest donations for Star Foundation so far.

“Wong has been very supportive of SMG, which includes Dim Sum, Kuntum and our NiE programmes, all these years.

“This donation is very timely during the pandemic. NGOs like old folk’s homes, orphanages and training centres for people with disabilities are facing difficulties in securing funds to operate, ” said Fu.

At the event, the management of Star Media Group (SMG) joined Wong in celebrating his 80th birthday where he was treated to a surprise birthday cake.

Since it was set up in 2004 with the aim of supporting impactful initiatives to help a diverse group of beneficiaries, Star Foundation has donated a total of RM19.1mil to more than 300 organisations.

The foundation also started a Medical Fund Programme in 2015 to help underprivileged individuals suffering from chronic illnesses, by sponsoring one-off medical treatment and care.

For more details on Star Foundation’s work with the community, visit starfoundation.com.my.

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