Over a million ringgit raised by Sabah Chinese bodies for victims
A total of RM1,065,043.96 in donations have been raised by Chinese community organizations and companies throughout Sabah to assist the earthquake victims in China. The money was handed over to the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China based in Kuching, Mr Xie Fugen, during a presentation ceremony at the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall at Kampung Air here yesterday. Among the 39 donors were the See Hua Group of newspapers - The See Hua Daily News and The Borneo Post (RM280,000) which collected the donations from their readers; Che Sui Khor Moral Uplifting Society (RM119,076.60), Taiwan Alumnus Sabah (RM80,000), Kunak Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM55,213), and the United Association of Private Chinese Secondary Schools Committee Sabah (RM40,176.76). The massive earthquake which shook Si Chuan Province of China, killed more than 69,000 and left nearly 18,000 people missing and scores injured. Other organizations which handed their donations to the Consul-General were Gabungan Persatuan Hokkien Sabah, Wanita (RM21,770), Young Malaysian Movement (RM13,986.10), Tanjung Aru Youth Association (RM5,000), Persatuan Pengurusan Yu Huang Tuaran (RM5,123), Persatuan Masyarakat Tai Poo Sabah (RM11,000), KK Zhang Clan Association (RM9,000), SZCA Association (RM6,000), Kota Kinabalu Hakka Association (RM10,890), Sabah Ann Koai Association (RM11,000), The Sabah Northern Association (RM7,000), Persatuan Eng Choon Sabah (RM4,050), and Sabah Amusement Association (RM16,000), Semporna Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM21,250), Gabungan Dewan Perniagaan Tionghua Sabah (RM6,000), Sipitang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM13,500), Lahad Datu Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM22,850), Tuaran Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM8,300), Keningau Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM2,000), Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM4,315), Kota Belud Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM7,200), Pertubuhan Amal dan Pendidikan Akhlak Ji Her KK (RM52,965), Kung Yin Ting Temple (RM4,000) and Persatuan Masyarakat Cina Bersekutu Sabah KK (RM14,500), Ever Win Tyres Accessory Sdn Bhd (RM1,000), Kota Kinabalu Teo Chew Association (RM7,000), The Yongs Nga Khi Welfare Association of Sabah (RM8,000), Kian Kok High School (RM16,733.50), Chung Hwa Likas Kindergarten (RM3,000), Gabungan Persatuan Cina Sabah - Youth Section (RM4,000), Foe Chow Association Sabah (RM1 1,650), Gabungan Persatuan Cina Sabah - Women Section (RM15,000), Labuan Foe Chow Association (RM15,000), Beaufort Chinese Chamber of Commerce (RM16,195) and The Lung Yen Association (RM5,000). During the presentation of the donations, Xie thanked all the organizations for their kindness, and assured that the donations would be distributed to earthquake victims in China. “I’m really moved today because a lot of people have donated and it doesn’t matter how much they donated, what matters the most is that they have shown their kindness to help our people in China,” he said. According to Xie, the Embassy will try their best to transfer the money to the victims in China, which is quite hard, especially for those who were affected in the remote areas. “We have already received a lot of donations from various organizations and the most important thing is to build homes for the affected victims there,” he said. Xie said that Malaysia is one of the countries which always extends international aid to China since both countries had developed a good relationship in every area. According to him, the China Consulate in East Malaysia had discussed with the Government to set up a new consulate here to strengthen relations between both countries and to develop a better relationship in every area. Also present during the presentation was Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Datuk Seri Panglima Sari Nuar and See Hua Group Area General Operations Manager Mr Ngu Ngiong Hieng.