Business tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan who owns Starbucks Malaysia, 7-Eleven Malaysia, Berjaya Hotels, Times Square, Sports Totos and many more is just like what DC comic’s Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, who also owns myriads of businesses in the fictional world Gotham City.
But instead of dressing like a bat to save the city, Tan used his social status to push for a change. Firstly, by providing financial aid to the right people and to the right place. Alfred would be so proud of Bruce if he did what Tan just did.
According to Utusan Online, the Berjaya Group executive chairman donated RM50,000 to Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim who suffered severe injuries when performing his duty as a firefighter last Monday (Nov 26). Adib was allegedly dragged out from an emergency vehicle and beaten up by the rioters at Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple.
Tan made the donation to the 24-year-old fireman who is currently recovering in the National Heart Institute (IJN).
“We are making the contribution to Muhammad Adib on humanitarian grounds to help with his treatment and wedding this month,” Malaysiakini quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile, Tan also made a RM500,000 donation to the USJ25 temple to kick off a fund to bid for the purchase of the land back from developer One City.
Speaking during a press conference at the temple along with Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar yesterday (Dec 2), he said he’s confident that Philippines-based Ayala Corporation, the parent company of One City, would do whatever they can to return the land to the temple, The Star reported.
“They are the top corporation in the Philippines and they are good and charitable people. I’m sure they will come to a good decision.
“They may donate the land altogether to the temple. Even if they can’t due to constraints of being a public-listed company, they may give a big discount for us to buy the land back,” Tan explained.
When asked how much does the land cost, Tan said a valuation study has not been carried out yet but the daily reported that the 0.4-hectare land could cost between RM14.37mil and RM15.33mil.
“We will see what Ayala Corporation decides and in the meantime, let’s all work together to bring peace back to our great country.”
As of now, the fund has reached RM2 million with donations from prominent businessman Tan Sri David Kong, founder and executive chairman of death care service provider Nirvana Asia Ltd, and Tan Sri Barry Goh, who previously headed MCT Bhd. All of them contributed RM500,000 each.
If you wish to donate as well, you can make a cheque payable to Sun Media Corporation Sdn Bhd with “Save Seafield Temple” written on the back and send it to sent to Lot 6, Jalan 51/217, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. You can also make an eBanking transfer to Sun Media Corporation Sdn Bhd at Maybank account no 5081 7770 0420 with “Save Seafield Temple” written in the remark.
In a report by The Sun Daily, which Tan also owns, he urged Malaysians not to disrupt the racial harmony we have, especially since we have a great government now.
“Please don’t quarrel or fight. Why do we need to fight? Malaysia is our country. It’s a good country. We are under a new government now and have a great prime minister who works so hard at the age of 93.”
He added, “This should not be happening in our peaceful country Malaysia. We of all different races have co-existed for so long.
“The landowner and majority shareholder is a Philippines based company called Ayala Corporation. They own 66% of the land. They are a very respectable company and I understand (they) are very charitable and do a lot of CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects.
“So when the bosses know the situation is like this, I am sure they will come up with some good solutions. We will discuss matters with them and wait for their decision. Perhaps they will give us a discount on the sale of the land or even give it away.”