A Sentul-born vegetable seller became the country’s top blood donor with more than 600 donations over the last three decades.
Liew Chin Yap, 61, first followed his younger brother for his first blood donation back in 1992 at the Thean Hou Temple in Brickfields and has never stopped since.
He performed his 600th donation on Sept 29, 2020 and recently, the Malaysia Book of Records awarded Liew a certificate for having the “Most Apheresis Blood Donation”.
He has since made 632 donations and despite holding a national record, Liew has been relatively modest about his achievements. Many of his family members, friends as well as customers were unaware that he is the country’s top blood donor.
“When I first donated blood 30 years ago, I least expected any recognition for doing this. So, I was overjoyed to receive a recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records.
“Blood is a vital fluid that sustains life. It is something that only one human can give to another. This is what inspired me to donate blood.
“I just felt responsible to do my part to help save lives.
“It is almost like a second hobby to me. If I am healthy in a year, I donate blood more than 20 times throughout the year,” he said.
Liew’s passion to donate blood has also motivated him to stay fit. He has been a vegetarian for almost a decade, consumes a high-protein diet and avoids sugary food to maintain his health.