Sunday, 10 March 2013

#LahadDatu: More funds for our fallen heroes

A national heroes fund has been set up to assist the families of the security forces personnel who died protecting the nation's sovereignty in Sabah.

The fund would also be channelled to aid national heroes who have been injured in the conflict which erupted after foreign militants attacked the east coast of the state.

The attack by the intruders has left eight policemen dead and several injured.

Initiated by the Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association, the fund is being backed by 474 Chinese organisations as well as individuals in the community.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong praised the individuals and the Chinese-based NGOs involved in the initiative and called upon all Malaysians to chip in to help the affected families.

“The fund can help ease the financial burden of the families of our national heroes who lost their lives in Sabah as well as those who are injured. Their sacrifice is not in vain and will be forever remembered,” he said at the launch of Tabung Perwira at Petaling Street here yesterday.

Lee, who is the fund's adviser, also thanked the security personnel who continued to risk their lives in Sabah as they fought to defend the country.

The association's chairman, Datuk Ang Say Tee, said the donors wanted to play their part in helping those who were risking their lives to protect the country.

“Fund-raising drives including charity dinners will be held throughout the country to raise funds for our national heroes,” he said, adding that the initiative had already raised RM100,000.



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