BCC recently partnered with MMK Malaysia, whose work focusses on addressing the problem of ‘stateless children’ who, through no fault of their own, do not have birth certificates or identification cards. Without these basic documents, they are refused entry into schools, government departments and even hospitals. These children may be born in Malaysia to a Malaysian parent yet are denied their basic needs.
MMK Malaysia seeks to provide these children as well as migrant and refugee children with education of the highest level, from kindergarten right up to Form 5. Many of the teachers of are volunteers and others are paid minimal remuneration. The school is completely reliant on donor aid to meet their general expenses. Mr Andrew Ng the founder of MMK Malaysia and his team shared with Dato’ Jerald about one of their immediate needs for transportation to ferry the 400 plus children to and from school daily. Although the school has several vans, each van has to take multiple trips and this means that the children often have to wait hours for their ride home.
Touched by the commitment and work of MMK Malaysia, the Bethel team began raising funds to purchase a van for the use of the school, speaking to various individuals and also organizing several fundraisers.
With the donations received from several kind hearted individuals, we managed to then approach Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Foundation and secured a brand new 15-seater Hi Top Van at a discounted price.
The van was delivered to Mr Andrew Ng and his team who received the donation o behalf of MMK Malaysia. We are glad to see that the van is being utilized for the benefit of these children and that it has helped to alleviate this urgent need.