Kuan Chee Heng, or “Uncle Kentang” as he is known by followers of his charitable works, has been awarded the Commonwealth Points of Light Award which recognises his philanthropy.
Since the Award’s inception in 2018, Uncle Kentang has become only the fourth Malaysian to receive the honour. The award is given weekly to a person from the Commonwealth in recognition of their community service.
Kuan received the notice of the award on Saturday night and will collect the certificate at the British High Commissioner’s office in KL on June 12.
“This isn’t just for me, this is for all Malaysians.
“I’m just a representative, this award belongs to everyone, Uncle Kentang isn’t just about what I do,” he was quoted by FMT.
Uncle Kentang founded an organisation called Community Policing Malaysia, which has been responsible for a number of social aid efforts toward the vulnerable.
Some of those efforts include a RM1 hearse service, RM1 transit homes, 10 sen taxi service, cheap ambulance services, food deliveries to the poor, and “10 sen pasar” programmes where Kuan sells donated clothing, appliances, and books to those in need. These initiatives have garnered the support of many diverse Malaysians, making Kuan and his efforts popular among the people.
Some of the other things that Kuan did was carry out a financial aid distribution worth RM400 thousand during last year’s MCO. At the same time, he also gave out thousands of poultry to those living in low-cost flats around Puchong, Cheras, and in KL.
Kuan also told FMT his future plans for his charity work. His next major project, albeit an ambitious one, is a “ranch” (a farmhouse) in a scenic location to house the poor elderly and provide them with the best possible life and care.
Kuan remarked that old folks’ homes are so cramped with conditions being under-par. He shared that he wants to give something better which takes advantage of nature such as sunlight and rainwater so it would not be costly to run the place.
“Then we can have a farm, some animals, and the whole thing will be self-contained. We can work with local health authorities to make sure everyone’s well-being is taken care of too,” he said.
Uncle Kentang also dreams of having this place set on the hills where people can gaze at the moon and stars, sharing Broga and Semenyih as examples. Kuan hopes that a good Samaritan with some unused land comes by to lend him a hand.
This philanthropist sees this as an opportunity for everyone to band together and do something for the elderly. “Maybe it could even pave the way for old folks’ homes in the future.”
Congratulations and kudos to Uncle Kentang for his heart!