Published: Thursday March 7, 2013 MYT 3:23:00 PM
Updated: Thursday March 7, 2013 MYT 6:10:04 PM
Lahad Datu: National heroes fund for the families of the fallen in Sabah
By FLORENCE A.SAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: A national heroes fund has been set up to assist families whose loved ones have either died or have been injured as they battled against enemies in Sabah.
The attack by intruders in Lahad Datu and Semporna has left eight policemen dead and several injured.
Initiated by the Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association, the fund has the backing of 474 Chinese organizations as well as individuals in the community.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong praised the initiative by the individuals and non-governmental organisations in the Chinese community calling it a meaningful effort.
"The fund can help ease the financial burden of the families of our national heroes who lost their lives in Sabah as well as those injured. It also shows the families are not alone in this.
"The sacrifice of our national heroes is not in vain and will be forever remembered," he said during the launch of the fund at Swiss Inn Hotel at Petaling Street here on Thursday.
Lee, who is the fund's adviser, said the donations would be handed to the Royal Malaysian Police Force so that it could be given to the affected families.
He also thanked the security officers who continued to risk their lives in Sabah as they fight to defend the country.
The Association's president Datuk Ang Say Tee said they wanted to play their part to help those who were risking their lives to protect the country from enemies.
Amar, who was representing Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar, thanked and extended his appreciation to the association for setting up the fund.