I WISH to compliment the Star Foundation and Star Media Group for honouring truly caring Malaysians with “hearts of gold” through its inaugural Star Golden Hearts Award.
The 10 recipients who are really unsung heroes should be complimented for putting aside their personal considerations to help strangers from different backgrounds without expecting anything in return.
Such spirit and sacrifices are most commendable. It is very much in line with answering the call for a caring nation which is one of the nine challenges for the attainment of Vision 2020.
The main criterion for the award recipient is that the act of heroism or kindness shown should ultimately build bridges between different ethnic communities, promoting racial harmony and unity.
All the 10 recipients developed creative and innovative ideas to aid those in need and took action to support a worthy cause. They invested time, effort and ideas in aid of the needy beyond monetary contribution.
It was obvious that dedication and hard work were invested towards helping, saving and caring for others.
Despite adversity and challenges, and for some even at the point of risking their own lives, they remained courageous and compassionate to others.
What is truly commendable is the fact that they come from various ethnic groups, different backgrounds and different parts of the country, and with their own unique stories to tell.
But one thing they shared in common is putting their heart, soul and dedication into something they truly believe in, which is bringing solace and much-needed help to those in need and giving meaning to a truly caring society.
I sincerely hope that through their noble endeavours, these 10 heroes will inspire more Malaysians to emulate their shining examples for a more compassionate Malaysia.
What is most significant is that they were able to build bridges to connect, and to down the walls that divide.
This is so vital today for bringing about inter-racial understanding, harmony and unity in our multi-racial nation.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE