Philanthropy was always in Margaret Kogilavani’s mind but it was a chance sighting of two very small destitute children and tracking them to their slum dwelling that actually made her seriously go into community service full-time. That was almost a decade ago when the successful career-cum-businesswoman decided to leave her job to convert one of […]
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In 2010, Malaysia’s first baby hatch to support young women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, opened in OrphanCare in Petaling Jaya
Dr Chew Yu Gee and his wife Melody run a school for the poor and needy in Penang, and have converted their home into a hotel to sustain the school.
These young men, it’s clear to see, embody the peace, love, and believes woven in their lyrics, music, performance and easy camaraderie.
Cansurvive Malaysia Centre Berhad, a non-profit charity organisation incorporated in 2010, provides guidance and compassionate community support for patients who suffer from cancer as well as their family and friends. On Sept 1 Cansurvive had its 8th Malaysian International Conference on Holistic Healing in Cancer, with this year’s theme being ‘Importance of diet in the prevention and management of cancer.
A few minutes into conversation with Thavasothy S. Mailvaganam Pillai is enough to establish what an eloquent and erudite person this former teacher and current BAC lecturer is. Visually impaired since birth, this youngest of four children readily admits he was fortunate to have been born in a well to do family, with parents who, upon realising there was something wrong with their baby, immediately sought treatment not just in his country of birth Sri Lanka, but also in neighbouring India and as far away as Singapore and even Australia. ‘Well, I’ve never known what my surrounding atmosphere looks like so there’s nothing to miss but through feel, touch and sound there’s so much that one can glean,’ he says, explaining how he began to deal with his handicap in the early days. The future, however, had other plans for Thava and his family. His engineer father was offered a posting in the Malayan railways, which meant little Thava, who was two at the time, left his birthland to move to their railway quarters in Bangsar. Unaware of schools for special needs children in Malaysia, his parents kept their son at home until the age of nine, but not without home tuition or Indian classical music training at the Sangeetha Sabha in Vivekananda Ashram. Thava has vivid memory of having sung for the superstar Indian actress and renowned dancer, Padmini, and her sister, also an actress and accomplished dancer. Fate, it seemed, was not about to leave Thava to his own devices for too long.
Long before it became safe to be the voice of dissent in this nation, there was a cowherd turned tiger who paved the way for generations to come. Karpal Singh is no more, but his long, illustrious shadow remains as a legacy of his immense contributions to the politics and legal practice of Malaysia.
On August 18, 2018, Veritas University College, a subsidiary of BAC Education Group, conferred a posthumous Doctorate in Humanities to Karpal Singh, lawyer, member of parliament and humanitarian. The award was received by his son and pember of parliament, Ramkarpal Singh.