I am so delighted to read the article “Dinner Of Hope” published in the Ipoh Echo (Issue 283, June 16), to be organised by YMCA of Ipoh. This is something great for an NGO to start the ball rolling for the Tabung Harapan Malaysia for which our beloved Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be given the credit.
This move by YMCA of Ipoh is an eye opener for the other NGOs to follow suit. NGOs like Rotary International, Kiwanis International and Lions International, Y’s Men International and other leading NGOs in and around the world can take the lead by organising this project to raise funds for this worthy cause.
On my part, as I am involved in Y’s Men International with the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, there are over 2000 Y’s Men’s Clubs all over the world, with a total membership of 30,000.
In Malaysia, we have three Y’s Men’s Clubs; they are in KL and two others in Ipoh. In Singapore, there are two clubs. As one of the Past International Council Members (ICMs) of Y’s Men International, I will take the initiative to contact all the leaders in Y’s dom to help out in this worthy and meaningful project.
The YMCA of Ipoh led by its President, Dato’ Daniel Tay, the Board of Directors and members must be given the credit for showing all the other NGOs about this worthy project as it will reduce the country’s debt.
As other countries have come out in full support to raise funds for this Tabung Harapan Malaysia, our beloved citizens of Malaysia must take the lead. In the final analysis, it is the people here that will reap the harvest.