40 children of cabin crew MH370, MH17 receive RM1.6 million education funds

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A mother of five children (left) receiving mock cheques amounting RM200, 000 from Flagbearer Education Association at a hi-tea gathering.

KUALA LUMPUR:  After the tragic incident of MH370 and MH17 three years ago, 40 children of 23 cabin crew members are still remembered as the Flagbearer Education Association donated RM1.6 million for their future education here on Wednesday.

Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein who is also the patron of the association said, despite the tragedy, we are still able to get people together as education cuts across race, age and religion.

“We are very happy today because there is a future plan for our children’s education. If this effort continues, I am confident it will not only be appreciated by the society but the tragedy has made us very close to the victims’ family.

“This is our strength because in the face of adversity there is always a message that makes Malaysia very special,” he said to the media after witnessing the presentation of mock cheques to the children of MH370 and MH17 cabin crew.

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Hishammuddin and Tiong Lai with parents, recipients and board members of the education funds after the mock cheque presentation amounting RM1.6 million in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

Also present at the function was Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Among the dignitaries present were three board members namely Tunku Tan Sri Ahmad Yahaya, Puan Sri Sandra Lee and Tan Sri David Cheng, Deputy Chairman of Genting Malaysia Berhad Tun Muhammed Hanif Omar,Director of Genting Malaysia, General Datuk Seri DiRaja Tan Sri (Dr) Zahidi Zainuddin, Datuk Jimmy Choo and Group Chief Executive Officer of Eu Yan Sang,  Aaron Boey. 

For that effort Hishammuddin commended the association’s chairman, Datuk Anne Eu and Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, wife of Genting Malaysia Berhad’s Chairman, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay for their efforts to provide an avenue of support for the family members especially children of the crew members.

“I am happy to give them the support they needed to make this plan a reality,” he said.

Hishammuddin then invites other private bodies and government linked companies (GLC) that give emphasis on education as their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to come forward and join effort for the noble cause.

The setting up of the fund is a private sector initiative funded by Eu Yan Sang,  Genting Malaysia Bhd., Hap Seng Plantations and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad.

According to Anne Eu, the funds will be disbursed by the association on a quarterly basis over the next two years via a trust account managed by CIMB Bank Berhad.

She added, every child will be paid RM5, 000 every quarterly to the guardian’s joint bank account until the RM40, 000 is fully disbursed to them. –Malaysia World News

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