Sunday July 31, 2005
‘Charity is best given and forgotten’
IN KL’s high society charity galas, there is never a mention of Tan Sri Francis nor Puan Sri Rosaline Yeoh’s names as benefactors. Yet they well-known as great contributors to charity.
“I don’t believe in the adage ‘give till it hurts’. Giving is supposed to be a pleasure so why should it hurt? If you feel the pain, then you are not a cheerful giver.
Over time, however, his charity giving has become more structured and transparent with the YTL Foundation which was set up with RM100mil to spend on education and deserving projects like performing arts.
This is done so that future generations would be aware of YTL’s corporate responsibility.
Hence, when the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, suggested the KL Performance Arts Centre, Yeoh says he was more than happy to donate RM25mil to build the centre in YTL’s Sentul development project.
KLPAC is certainly in keeping with Yeoh’s aspirations for the area.
“Did you know sentul is the name of a beautiful strong tree yet mention Sentul and people think of a crime infested area.
“This is why our Sentul development project is going to claim its birthright back.
“Likewise for Bukit Bintang, such a lovely name meaning ‘Star Hill’ in Bahasa Malaysia.
“Yet at one time it too was a red light district so Bintang Walk, Starhill Gallery, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Lot 10 have put the goodness and glamour back.
“It is always good to bring back light to a darkened street.”