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Color-blind generosity

  • A successful Indian Malaysian businessman who knows no racial boundaries when it comes to charity. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Although KS Karthigasan is an ethnic Indian entrepreneur, he has been donating generously to local Chinese schools, Chinese associations as well as religious organizations, showing that his generosity indeed transcends racial and religious backgrounds.

Earlier this year, Karthigasan was appointed the only ethnic Indian life honorary advisor to the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) after he donated a significant sum of money to the building fund for the federation's new headquarters.

He also donated RM500,000 to SM Chong Hwa Kuantan which was personally received by the school's principal Chim Yaw Fei.

Surrounded by Chinese acquaintances

During an interview with Sin Chew Daily, Karthigasan said he spontaneously accepted the suggestions of donating to Chinese schools because most of his colleagues, business associates and friends were Chinese.

He said he was born and raised in Taiping with a large Chinese population and that he had been working with ethnic Chinese partners ever since he started his rail engineering career 26 years ago.

Under the recommendation of a Chinese accountant friend, he made up his mind to donate to local Chinese schools, including for the expansion of SJKC Lai Chee in Kuala Lumpur in November 2012.

A suggestion was also made for him to donate to Chong Hwa Independent High School in the city, but when he was about to make the donation, the school's principal told him to instead donate to SM Chong Hwa in Kuantan.

He said the establishment of SM Chong Hwa Kuantan would offer an alternative learning institution for students in the east coast, promising that he would donate more to this school in future.

His move drew the attention of the chairman of SM Chong Hwa Kuantan's board of directors Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, who suggested that he contribute towards the construction fund for Huazong's new headquarters building.

 

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