Reaching out for a good cause in challenging times

Helping hands: Wong (second from right) handing over the mock cheques to Chor (centre) at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya. With them are (from left) Loo, Au and Loh. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

PETALING JAYA: A total of RM300,000 was donated by Datuk Robert Wong Lum Kong, group managing director of Oriental Holdings Bhd to Star Foundation and Star Media Group (SMG) during a ceremony held at Menara Star here.

The donation was made in conjunction with the 80th birthday of his wife, Datin Loh Ean.

Two cheques were handed over by Wong and Loh to SMG chairman Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung.

Of the total amount, RM250,000 will be donated to Star Foundation while RM50,000 will be channelled to SMG for the sponsorship of The Star Digital Access for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

Also present during the event were SMG chief financial officer Sam Au and SMG corporate special officer Loo Phan Kooi.

Wong said the Covid-19 pandemic had taken a toll on livelihoods while many had lost their jobs.

“We hope these donations can aid vulnerable families in need, while also assisting students who require resources for online learning,” said Wong, who is also the managing director of Boon Siew Sdn Bhd.

He also said he hoped to continue donating to Star Foundation which has been involved in charitable work for many years now.

Chor thanked Wong for his contribution and was honoured that they celebrated Loh’s 80th birthday with this generous gesture.

During the event, Chor, Wong and guests celebrated Loh’s birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony.

Since it was set up in 2004 with the aim of supporting impactful initiatives, Star Foundation has donated a total of RM20.2mil to more than 350 organisations.

It has also been running a Medical Fund Programme since 2015 to help underprivileged individuals with chronic illnesses, by sponsoring one-off medical treatment and care.

In 2020, the foundation’s Star Frontliners Initiative successfully raised and donated RM2.6mil worth of essential medical supplies such as ventilators, ICU beds, ultrasound machines and personal protective equipment, which were distributed to 34 hospitals and 15 state health departments nationwide.

For details on the foundation’s work with the community, visit

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