RM10m donated in YTL's honor

KUALA LUMPUR: The philanthropic spirit and generosity of the late Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay lives on through his family, with donations of RM10 million to 103 charitable, educational and non governmental organisations in his honour.

The highest amount of RM500,000 was donated to his alma mater Hin Hua High School, Klang where he also served as a chairman on its board of governors.

The YTL Group held a private memorial event to hand out the cheques to representatives of the 28 organisations who were present.

"My father laid the foundation on which our family is built, inspiring us by his hard work, integrity, business acumen, wisdom and kindness. These values inspire us to continue his passion for philanthropy and to serve those in need," Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, managing director of YTL Corporations, and also the eldest son of the late YTL Corporation Berhad chairman said in a statement.

He described his father as a true patriot who loved this country and contributed to building much of Malaysia's infrastructure in its early years.

"My whole life we have celebrated this day as my father's birthday. But today it marks two months since he passed on," Datuk Mark Yeoh Seok Kah, the youngest son of the family, who hosted the event, said in his speech.

Some of the donations were given out prior to the event, in private or during other occasions.

Tiong Lay passed away peacefully on the morning of Oct 18 this year, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Puan Sri Tan Kai Yong, seven children, 27 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

The other recipients included Mercy Malaysia, the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, the Cancerlink Foundation, Montfort Boys Town, the Dignity for Children Foundation, St John Ambulance Malaysia, the Breast Cancer Foundation and the IJN Foundation.