4 M’sians honoured as Asia’s 2016 Heroes of Philanthropy


PETALING JAYA: Four outstanding Malaysians have been honoured by US magazine Forbes as Asia’s 2016 Heroes of Philanthropy for helping make the world a better place by channelling their creativity, generosity and compassion to those who need it most.

Leading the honourees is Anne Eu 61, chairman of Eu Yan Sang Malaysia, the country’s largest Chinese medicine company, who together with her team of volunteers, have distributed food to the needy through the Roti 1Malaysia campaign this year.

Each day, 50—60 volunteers pick up surplus high-quality and fresh food from 24 5-star hotels and seven bakeries, which instead of ending up in the dumpster, is distributed to orphanages, old-age homes and refugee centres in the Klang Valley. The food includes bread, croissants, cakes and pastries.

“Philanthropy is a mind-set. It is not just about donating money. It is also about sharing ability and knowledge, raising awareness and pooling resources to better a particular condition for humanity. By involving the young, we are grooming their minds to be empathetic, caring and giving to become better future leaders,” Eu said in the July 2016 issue of Forbes Asia.

She and her team also donated water filters and rice cookers to the needy in Sabah.

Also making the list was Lee Oi Hian, 64, chairman of Kuala Lumpur Kepong and his wife Sandra Lee, 63, chairman of Daybreak.

While Oi Han awards scholarships to some 50-60 students every year under the Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Foundation, named after his father, Sandra has a training centre for the rehabilitation of physically and mentally challenged people.

Leong Hoy Kum, 59, who is Group MD of the Mah Sing Group, was also honoured for contributing over USD2.5 million towards educational initiatives via the Mah Sing Foundation. His monetary contributions have also been channelled towards the Nepal earthquake relief fund and other projects.

The four Malaysians were among 40 honorees from 13 countries made up of billionaires, entrepreneurs and captains of industries.

See the full list here: Asia’s 2016 Heroes Of Philanthropy