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Fund Raising Dinner by Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health


Fund Raising Dinner by Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental HealthPerak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health held its Fund Raising Charity Dinner at Ipoh City and Country Club. Organising Chairman, S. Sundralingam said that the Society runs its Day Care Centre by raising funds through activities such as orchid sales, ceramic projects, donations and important events like fund raising dinners. For almost 46 years, hundreds of emotionally disturbed and medically cured mental health patients have received care and rehabilitation. “Joy is in Giving”.

President of the Society, Dato’ Dr M. Majumder said that there are over a hundred residents staying at the centre and it is for psychosocially disabled persons who are rehabilitated and sent back into society. They are in the process of raising funds for a multipurpose building which could be rented for seminars and other functions to generate funds. There is a stigma about mental illness and the families do not accept the patients. Mental illness needs lifetime treatment and is controllable. The patients do not need pity but compassion and help. Mental illness can occur to any one of us at any time due to depression and anxiety.

Guest of Honour, Assemblyman for Cenderiang, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon said that the government is aware of the increase in mental illness and government hospitals have set up psychiatric wards and there are also psychiatric clinics to treat mental patients. The policy is to train family members to look after mentally ill patients and ensure that they take their medication. Dr Mah cited two instances which he knew of mental patients being abused. A mentally ill man in Tapah was beaten by his sons and suffered a fractured arm and a young woman in her late twenties was abused by foreigners in Taman Mas.

One in six people in the country is afflicted with some form of mental illness.

For further information, call the society at 05-533 2167.


Charity Musical Concert


Veteran singer and actor, Ho Fung, and his artiste friends from Malaysia and Singapore, took some one thousand guests down memory lane in a charity musical concert at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel recently. The event, which was organised by Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health, successfully raised over one hundred thousand Ringgit, which will go towards the society’s fund to build a multipurpose hall. Construction cost is estimated at RM200,000.

The hall will be available for rent for social functions in order to generate income for the society, which currently runs a halfway house in Tambun. It is home to a hundred psycho-social disabled women. Mental illnesses come in many forms like depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies and could afflict anyone at any time.

At the function, Ipoh City Councillor Ir. Lai Kong Phooi, who represented Executive Councillor, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, announced an allocation of RM3000 to the society as a token of appreciation. Lai personally pledged his one-month councillor’s allowance to the society.

“Ho Fung and his Troupe”, including charity queen Datin Maylene Yong, Choy Weng, Helen Lim, Fong Choi Yan, Chu Ai Fong, Yip Yoke Heng, Phan Mei Yuen and Mary Fong rendered oldies in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Even Ipoh socialite Datin Janet Yeoh, one of the advisers of the organising committee, was not left out of the action. She delivered two songs, one of them a duet with Ho Fung, to the delight of the guests.


Charity Food Fair


The charity food fair held at the St John’s Ambulance hall recently was a rousing success. It was organised by the Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health. The primary objective of the fair was to source for funds to build a multi-purpose hall at the society’s premises in Ulu Kinta. The 34 stalls at the fair were well patronised by guests and visitors. Items on sale included foodstuffs, household goods, vegetables, handicrafts and bric-a-brac produced by the society.

A total of RM48, 000 was collected, being proceeds from the sale of goods and donations from well-wishers. Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, wife of the Menteri Besar and President of BAIDURI, was the guest of honour. She donated RM2,000 to the society’s kitty. The Ulu Kinta day care centre has over a hundred mentally-challenged people under its charge. Caring for these special people requires not only money but patience and tolerance. Dato’ Dr. M. Majumder, the society’s president, presented Saripah with a fitting gift for her patronage.


Spreading the Happiness


Y’s Men Club Ipoh (YMCI) chose the as the recipient of its goodies this Chinese New Year. Members of YMCI called on the society at its premise in Ulu Kinta, Ipoh, recently. There to welcome them were residents and members of the society, led by Puan Zurina Afandi. The residents, numbering over a hundred, warmed up to the reception. They thanked the visitors for the treat. The aim of the visit, according to Puan Chanika Letchimanan, Chairperson of YMCI, was to bring cheers to the underprivileged. A blood donation drive is on the club’s programme for March. It will be held at the Greentown Mall with the collaboration of the Perak Malayalee Association.