Businessmen with compassionate hearts

November 11th, 2007 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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UMIC is one of the recepients of this noble act. The provisions allocated to UMIC were channelled to Sungai Buloh families. Thanks to Dato' Rai and Mr Mahendra, among others for helping us to help others.
Businessmen with compassionate hearts


DO businessmen think only profits and have no compassion for the poor and needy? Certainly not the Hindu tradesmen from Kuala Lumpur's famed Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India. 

For nearly 50 years, it has been an annual tradition during Deepavali for these businessmen to come together to collect and donate large amounts of groceries to be distributed to the poor and needy during the festive season. 

According to this year's project co-coordinator Mahendra Kumar Malani, the tradesmen are very generous and each year the amount of groceries increases. Mahendra said the annual collection usually started about three weeks before the festival. 

This year, about 200 poor families from Klang, Setapak, Sentul and Sungai Buloh were given RM200 worth of groceries each. 

Businessman Ramesh Kodammal said the practice was initiated by the late Datuk Gurdial Singh about 50 years ago and was continued by the late Datuk Makhan Lal. "The Gujurati, Punjabi, Sindhi and south Indian businessmen from the area work closely together to ensure that the needy receive some contribution during Deepavali,'' Kodam-mal said. He said that they hoped to continue the tradition for many more years to come. "We will continue to do this every year and are looking at increasing the amount of groceries given out to the needy,'' he said. 


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