wonder where are all the UMNO cronies that Mahathir made rich in the list below!
If you look at the list of top 40 richest man in Malaysia, you will see a number of UMNO cronies who became rich due to their close relationship with Mahathir and due to the misuse of NEP.
But where are they in this list? People who became rich without going through tough times will never do noble things like this as they only want to get richer. I hope Mahathir will live long enough to see all this and realise that there is no short cut to success.
Four Malaysians make it into magazine’s Heroes of Philanthropy list
Both made it into a list of 48 prominent givers to society in the Asia-Pacific region, whose causes range from disaster recovery, education, health and culture to science, with education being the popular choice among the featured philanthropists this year.
Two other Malaysians in the list are Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, the chief executive of property developer SP Setia and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, YTL group managing director.
John Koppisch, Associate Editor, Forbes Asia said those listed were not always the biggest givers.
“Instead we aim to highlight a varied group of generous people, some holdovers from last year, but mostly new names who deserve recognition. By calling attention to these 48 (givers) we hope to encourage more giving,” he said in a statement yesterday.
According to Forbes, Ananda, who received a scholarship to earn his undergraduate degree at Melbourne University, has been extensively developing talents through school programmes.
Through his privately-owned company Usaha Tegas, he has helped underprivileged, high-achieving Malaysian students of South Asian descent to continue their studies in non-Tamil secondary schools, as well as supporting education for other groups in Malaysia.
The global financial crisis hammered fortunes all over Asia, but the past year was still a good one for Ruby Khong who donated US$400,000 (RM1.32mil) to the Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK), which she helps to run.
She was homeless in her teens and started the kitchen in 2006 with five friends. KSK delivers 830 packets of vegetarian food a week to the urban poor in Kuala Lumpur.
Liew, through SP Setia Foundation which he set up in 2000, pays the school fees and basic essentials for 2,300 children a year. It also provides medical aid to the disabled and poor as well as community enrichment programmes.
One of Yeoh’s charitable acts is the Pride Foundation, which promotes awareness of breast cancer and provides support to victims.
Yeoh was also honored by Queen Elizabeth II with a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his philanthropic work.
Last year, four Malaysians were listed as Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy: Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah, Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing and Datuk Raya Erom.