A father’s wish was fulfilled with the timely intervention of the Menteri Besar through the good office of Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU). Newspaper vendor, Ragaven Murugiah, 50, of Ladang Kg Ayer Tawar, Manjung, was at wit’s end trying to figure out how to buy his college-going daughter a lap top for her use. The father of three earns barely enough to make ends meet and spare cash is hard to come by unless a miracle happens. And a miracle did happen.
“In my utter despair I wrote a personal letter to the Menteri Besar making my humble request known the way I see fit,” he recounted. “I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call a month later from a YBU officer saying that my request has been granted by the MB.”
A teary but happy Ragaven was overjoyed with the gift and thanked the MB profusely. “I am truly indebted to the state government for having fulfilled my wish,” he said when met after receiving the lap top from YBU’s Chief of Corporate Services, Hairul Anwar Mohd Noor at the foundation’s headquarters recently. “It couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment,” he told Ipoh Echo. “It’s the best gift I’ve ever received. Hopefully, it’ll motivate my daughter to do well in her studies,” he quipped.
Hairul reaffirmed YBU’s commitment to help the poor and the marginalised in the state regardless of their ethnicity and beliefs. “Aid in the form of money or in kind will be given to all deserving cases,” he said.
The foundation is founded on the principles of charity, fairness and equality. Since formation last year it has disbursed aid worth millions to the unfortunate many ranging from hard-pressed single mothers to first-time entrepreneurs to enterprising Orang Asli.