Beyond race, re­li­gion

> Early hard­ships mo­ti­vate wo­man to help the less for­tu­nate


PETAL­ING JAYA: It was the hard­ship dur­ing child­hood that mo­ti­vated MyHero Award 2.0 win­ner, Wong Siew Sin ( pix), to help the less for­tu­nate.

The 57-year-old Saba­han, fondly known as Dolly, be­lieves in help­ing those in need re­gard­less of race, colour or re­li­gion.

Her self­less deeds won the hearts of res­i­dents in Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity Kam­pung Cen­der­akasih near Kota Kin­a­balu, who al­lowed her to pre­side over the vil­lage’s Rukun Te­tangga de­spite her Catholic back­ground.

“My life’s jour­ney has al­ways been linked to help­ing other peo­ple. Help­ing oth­ers brings me great ful­fil­ment,” said Dolly, who has 12 sib­lings. Her fa­ther was the sole bread­win­ner and worked as a lorry driver, while her mother was a house­wife.

With her fa­ther away at work and her mother suf­fer­ing from a long ill­ness, the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ing for, cook­ing and feed­ing her sib­lings fell on her shoul­ders at a very young age.

“I used to cry at night over the hard­ships I had to en­dure. The hard­ships and poverty drove me to help oth­ers strug­gling with their lives.” Dolly, who works as a smallscale con­trac­tor, would use part of her earn­ings for char­ity work, which in­cluded giv­ing do­na­tions to places of wor­ship.

She do­nated to a mosque in Kam­pung Cen­der­akasih to build a wa­ter tank for Mus­lims to do their ablu­tion, and also to buy ta­bles and chairs for Qu­ran read­ing classes.

When Sabah was hit by an earth­quake last year, Dolly was among the first to help by driv­ing a truck load of fresh wa­ter and food to af­fected vil­lages.

The MyHero Award 2.0, jointly or­gan­ised by the Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor and Nanyang Siang Pau, is sup­ported by the Na­tional Unity and In­te­gra­tion Depart­ment, the As­so­ci­ated Chi­nese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia, with cor­po­rate part­ner Sun­suria Bhd and spon­sored by the Bank of China.

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