How 6 Malaysian Billionaires Are Making A Difference During This Covid-19 Crisis
These philanthropic gents are turning their wealth into health
Kuan Kam Hon
Did you know that glove manufacturer Hartalega Holdings' Kuan Kam Hon is No.9 on Forbes' Malaysia's 50 Richest List in 2020? The former high school dropout's inherent drive to succeed co-exists with a strong sense of social responsibility. Through the Hartalega Foundation, Kuan donated RM1mil to The Edge Covid-19 HealthCare Workers Support Fund to support the nation's frontline heroes during this crucial time.
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh
A man of significant influence and success both here and in the UK where he was recently knighted, Malaysia's 11th richest man Tan Sri Francis Yeoh isn't one to remain idle when the going gets tough. Soon after Malaysia's MCO came into effect, the executive chairman of YTL Corporation announced that YTL Foundation would be donating mobile phones to low-income families, each equipped with a prepaid Yes 4G SIM card with a 12-month 120GB data plan.
Additionally, YTL Foundation contributed RM1mil to the Malaysian government's Covid-19 Fund, launched in March to help underprivileged communities in Malaysia affected by the outbreak.
Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah
Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, who is no.12 on Forbes' Malaysia's richest list, is a household name in property, education, healthcare and infrastructure sectors. In a statement by Sunway Group, Cheah expressed his concern for the hardship of many Malaysians during this difficult time, reiterating the pledge made by his companies amounting to RM34mil in aid to frontliners and others affected by the outbreak.
Some of Sunway Group's far-reaching contributions have included free Covid-19 tests by Sunway Medical Centre for Subang Jaya Community Ambulance frontliners, 1,500 soap bars donated by Sunway hotels to a correctional facility in Kajang, and 25,000 personal care items like shower gel, dental kits and gloves donated to Hospital Sungai Buloh.
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
Billionaire philanthropist Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary holds a stake in corporate giants like MMC Corp and DRB-HICOM. The nation's 13th richest man also has a soft spot for art preservation and awarding scholarships to deserving students.
Recently, the Albukhary Group of Companies announced that it would contribute over RM15mil in equipment and cash to various parties who are battling the Covid-19 crisis head on. The contributions included ventilators, PPE gowns, food for medical and media frontliners, as well as a loan of Proton X70 vehicles to the Ministry of Health.
Tan Sri Vincent Tan
Ranked no.23 on Malaysia's richest list, Berjaya Corporation founder and executive chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan has donated RM1mil to the national Covid-19 Fund to help patients affected by the disease.
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Tan Sri Azman Hashim
AmBank Group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim recently pledged RM500,000 to Mercy Malaysia's Tabung Covid-19 fund to bolster the nation's healthcare system from the strain of the Covid-19 outbreak. Hashim, ranked no.35 by Forbes among Malaysia's 50 richest, expressed his company's solidarity with and support for healthcare workers and frontliners battling this health crisis.
The AmBank Group has also worked closely with social enterprise PichaEats to sponsor daily meals for frontliners at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Putrajaya Hospital.