IPOH: About 800 poor and needy Malaysians of all races will get help from the 1MCA Medical Foundation this year, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
“Just two months after the launch of the fund by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, we have collected RM10mil.
“We have decided to allocate half of the amount or RM5mil to benefit the poor and needy this year so that they can resume a normal life.
“Our main intention is to help people of all races in line with the concept of 1Malaysia,” he told reporters after launching a torch run and charity sale here yesterday.
Dr Chua said a committee headed by deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, assisted by a panel of specialists, would vet applications every week.
He said only those who were poor and deserving would be given assistance to help them pay their medical bills in seeking treatment, including in private hospitals.
Dr Chua said a 1MCA scholarship fund to benefit students entering university and institutions of higher education would also kick off next month to be headed by secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
“We have observed that the number of students entering Utar and Ktar is increasing every year.
“This fund in the form of a loan can help them further their studies,” he said, adding that details were being finalised.
He added that the 1Malaysia Community Alliance Foundation camper van was another initiative mooted by the party to benefit all Malaysians.
“The camper van would extend its services in areas whenever the need arises,” he said.
On the Bersih 2.0 rally on Saturday, he said it was up to the police to take the appropriate action.
“It’s over, so let’s move on,” he said.
Dr Chua also took a swipe at the Opposition, particularly DAP, for choosing to contest only in Chinese-majority constituencies.
“DAP claimed that the party represents people of all races.
“Yet, the party had been organising dinners for Chinese only as they campaigned throughout the country,” he said.
Source : The Star