‘Zhang is now our god­fa­ther’

Self-pro­claimed rich­est man do­nates to chil­dren’s home in Kulim

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA and SHARANPAL SINGH RANDHAWA north@thes­tar.com.my

KULIM: The Batu Grace Chil­dren Home has re­garded con­tro­ver­sial Zhang Jian, the self­pro­claimed world’s fu­ture rich­est man, as their “god­fa­ther” af­ter he do­nated RM1.2mil to them in 2014 and an ad­di­tional RM10,000 monthly be­gin­ning this month.

“With the businessman’s lat­est con­tri­bu­tion and pub­lic dona­tions, it will be enough to run the home with­out wor­ries,” said the home’s founder Dr Solomon B.G. Ra­jan­thren.

Zhang’s RM1.2mil do­na­tion went into buy­ing three bun­ga­lows cur­rently used by the home, he said dur­ing the event.

Datuk Seri Steven Yong, who rep­re­sented Zhang, said the RM10,000 would be do­nated over 12 months, adding that the sum would in­crease grad­u­ally.

“I met up with him (Zhang) in Europe and he told me that he will be in Malaysia in June,” said Yong at the event. “Zhang will also visit the home soon to meet the chil­dren and see how it is run.”

Yong and his wife Datin Seri An­nie Chong were among 400 peo­ple who at­tended a din­ner at the home in Ta­man Desa Aman over the week­end.

Dr Solomon said the din­ner was to show grat­i­tude to their “god­fa­ther” who helped them at a time when they needed it most.

The home has 96 res­i­dents. Zhang was caught in a con­tro­versy when his com­pany, Yun Shu Mao, was linked to a get­rich­quick scheme that was in­ves­ti­gated by the Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry.

Kedah Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment Chief Supt Chan Teck Paing, when con­tacted yes­ter­day, said po­lice did not re­ceive any re­port about Zhang.

“So, we are not in­ves­ti­gat­ing him but we will be mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion closely.”

Full of grat­i­tude: Solomon speak­ing at the thanks­giv­ing din­ner held at the Batu Grace Chil­dren Home in Ta­man Desa Aman, Kulim. Yong (sec­ond from right) and Chong (left) were also at the event.

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