KUALA LUMPUR: Wah Seong Corporation Berhad raised RM50,000 in a charity car wash held recently at its Bukit Kemuning facilities last Friday (Oct 19) in support of Mercy Malaysia's post-disaster recovery aid for the people in Palu.
Over 100 staff, suppliers, friends and customers across their four subsidiary companies – PMT Industries Sdn Bhd, Mackenzie Industries Sdn Bhd, Jutasama Sdn Bhd, and WDG Resources Sdn Bhd – participated in the event, with around 80 cars and one excavator being washed by staff volunteers.
"When we heard about the earthquakes and tsunami from the news, we immediately wanted to lend a hand," said Chan Cheu Leong, Group CEO of Wah Seong Group. The Group deals with Oil and Gas industries and is a leading distributor for steam turbines in oil palm industries. Wah Seong has businesses in South Sulawesi, as well as other parts of Indonesia such as Batam, Medan, Kalimantan, Java and Papua.
Although the emergency phase of the disaster is now over, Chan expressed concern for the psychological health of the survivors, stating that they could be traumatised forever.
The Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) reported 78,994 people who have been displaced (as of Oct 15, 2018), with almost 70,000 houses damaged.
"We are heartbroken hearing about mothers whose babies were snatched out of their arms in the tsunami, people whose entire families are still missing after the earthquake, children who are falling sick because of sleeping outdoors in cold and damp conditions in the last three weeks. Hopefully our little contribution can make a difference in the lives of these survivors," adds Chan.
Although the charity car wash was organised in less than two weeks, he was surprised at the response. "It was good to see such a good turnout! Initially only around 20 cars had registered for the car wash. It later ballooned to almost 80 cars during the event. I told everyone it didn't matter how much they donated, what was important was that they cared about our Sulawesi neighbours during this time of crisis," he stressed.
The group also runs Yayasan Wah Seong (YWS), which has provided scholarships to academically strong students who need financial support since 2008. In the last decade, the YWS has spent over RM2.3 million for 95 scholarships to students in private and public universities in Malaysia.
"After being in business for so long, we know that we cannot just focus on profits. People and the environment are important, and profits are only sustainable if we invest in human and environmental development. We hope that today's event will instill the spirit and culture of caring for the unfortunate," says Chan.
As of Oct 19, Mercy Malaysia has collected RM725,085.88, which is being utilised for medical services, food and non-food items, as well as the construction of transit homes and communal toilets. So far, two sets of communal toilets and 30 transit homes have been established, with another 170 more transit homes in the works. More latrines and transit homes are being planned, as they have been identified as the major need on the ground.
Mercy Malaysia has also deployed a team of mental health practitioners, who will conduct psychosocial programmes for children and families. The team will help the people affected to cope with the trauma they experienced and manage psychosomatic symptoms such as problem sleeping, depression, unexplained aches and pains.
Contributions can be made to Mercy Humanitarian Fund (MBB 5621 7950 4126) or Mercy Malaysia (CIMB 8000-7929-08) or through www.Mercy.org.my. All contributions are tax-exempted. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: A Pakistani accountant was sentenced to seven years and eight months' jail, three strokes of the cane, and fined RM50,000 by the Sessions Court here today for involvement in illegal procurement of passport for other persons and for being in possession of various fake Malaysian Immigration Department's stamps last February.
Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob passed the sentences on Abdullah Qayyum, 26, after he pleaded guilty to the two charges.
For the first charge, the man admitted to having procured two passports for two individuals from India and Philippine, at a fast food restaurant in Seri Gombak, Taman Sri Gombak, Batu Caves, here at 7.30pm on Feb 19.
The charge under Section 12(A) of the Passports Act 1966 provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or five years' jail, or both, if convicted.
Abdullah also admitted to the second charge of being in possession of fake stamps of Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department, Sultan Abu Bakar Complex Immigration Office and KLIA Immigration Office, as well as three fake Temporary Working Visit Pass stickers, and a fake I-Kad in the name of Pinto Riza, on the same day and at the same time and place.
For that, he was charged under Section 56(1A)(a) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, read together with Section 55D of the same Act, which carries fine of between RM30,000 and RM100,000, maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, if convicted.
The court sentenced Abdullah to eight months' jail and fine of RM50,000 for the charge under the Passports Act, and seven years's jail and three strokes of the cane for the charge under the Immigration Act.
It also ordered the man to serve the jail sentences concurrently.
Last week, Abdullah through his lawyer sent a representation to the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) seeking to reduce the 11 charges he faced to only two.
Before passing the sentence, Judge Wan Mohd Norisham said the accused was fortunate because his representation was allowed.
"These are serious offences. The accused had in his possession fake Immigration stamps and hence took away the rights of 16,000 Immigration personnel to perform their duties," the judge said.
Prosecuting officer from the Immigration Department Mohd Khairul Amri Mohd Zainuddin prosecuted, while Abdullah was represented by lawyer Edwin Navis. — Bernama [...]