MyHero Award 2.0 win­ner’s 1Malaysia spirit

> Busi­ness­man raises 11 adopted chil­dren of var­i­ous races

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

PETALING JAYA: Rais­ing one adopted child may al­ready be too much of a task for many, but not for MyHero Award 2.0 win­ner Tan Bee Seng (pix).

The 67-year-old busi­ness­man who adopted 11 chil­dren of dif­fer­ent races took the “One Malaysia” spirit to another level by rais­ing them un­der one roof in his home in Kuan­tan.

Tan, who is mar­ried with one child, de­cided to adopt chil­dren from the 1970s on­wards with his eleventh and last child be­ing adopted in 1994.

Tan made sure that all his chil­dren were given the op­por­tu­nity to ex­cel in ed­u­ca­tion and they have grown up to be suc­cess­ful peo­ple to­day.

“All my adopted chil­dren re­ceived the same love and also stud­ied in Chi­nese schools,” he said, adding that they are able to com­mu­ni­cate flu­ently in Man­darin.

He said he did not stop any of his adopted chil­dren from find­ing their bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents which some of them did. “I will not stop them from get­ting back to­gether with their bi­o­log­i­cal fam­i­lies, and will con­tinue to give them my sup­port,” he added.

Tan at­trib­uted his ef­forts for mak­ing the world a bet­ter place to the ad­vice of his now 95-year-old mother, who en­cour­aged him to make a con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety.

Liv­ing in a di­ver­si­fied fam­ily has en­abled him to learn about the unique per­son­al­i­ties and strengths of other races.

Ad­mit­ting that it was not an easy task to raise the big fam­ily as he had to spend a lot monthly, his per­se­ver­ance and com­mit­ment al­lowed him to strive against all odds.

Tan ex­pressed his will­ing­ness to adopt another child in fu­ture if his health per­mit­ted.

On re­ceiv­ing the MyHero Award 2.0, which came with a tro­phy, cer­tifi­cate and RM5,000 on Sept 6, Tan was ap­pointed a Na­tional Unity Am­bas­sador by Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Tan Sri Joseph Ku­rup.

Tan promised to con­tinue to play his role in en­hanc­ing na­tional unity and in­spir­ing Malaysians through his story.

The award, which is jointly or­gan­ised by the Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor (KLSCCI) and Nanyang Siang Pau, is sup­ported by the Na­tional Unity and In­te­gra­tion De­part­ment, The As­so­ci­ated Chi­nese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia (ACCCIM) with cor­po­rate part­ner Sun­suria Bhd and pres­tige sponsor Bank of China.

The MyHero Award 2.0

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