KUALA LUMPUR: Padma Nadarajah, a resident of Taman Yarl, Jalan Klang Lama, collected a total of RM4,000 from a car wash fundraiser she initiated, the proceeds of which are to be contributed to the Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM).
This amount well exceeded the initial RM1,000 target she expected to collect.
“I was moved by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and what he is doing for the country at his age (92). I asked myself what I was doing to help the country ‘recover’?
“That’s how we decided to put this together on Wednesday, when I got news about the fund.
“I sent a message out through the neighbourhood WhatsApp chat group to gather the neighbours’ feedback on this,” said Padma when met at her home.
In her early 60s, Padma, who used to work as a secretary at the Texas Instruments semiconductor manufacturing plant, said this event was nothing compared with the meetings she used to organise for her company.
“It wasn’t difficult organising this, but I was touched that so many residents in Taman Yarl volunteered to contribute in either manpower or kind.
“When I proposed this idea, families wanted to contribute car shampoo, tyre shine and even the sponges used to wash and wipe the cars,” she said.
Padma said the car wash fundraiser was also one way to educate the younger ones about their responsibility as Malaysian citizens and how they could do their part to help the country.
“We invited the Seputeh MP Teresa Kok so the children could get to know her and put a face to the name,” she said.
Kok also sent in her car for a wash this morning.
“It was good teamwork and everyone had fun.
“Many others volunteered to sponsor snacks and drinks. I am really overwhelmed by the support this community has given today.”
“Altogether 70 cars were sent for washing and we collected RM2,420.
“Some who didn’t send in their cars donated RM1,580. Other volunteers chipped in to make the final total RM4,000,” she said.
The car wash fundraiser ended at 2pm.
On Wednesday, the government announced the setting up of the Tabung Harapan Malaysia to “help ease” the country’s debts.
The government’s official debt currently stands at RM686.8 billion, which is 50.8% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
The fund collected RM7 million within 24 hours of its launch. The amount had gone up to RM18.6 million by3pm today.