Past Presidents

Keow Hock Sneah


The major projects were:
-"Sponsor-a-wheelchair" project
- Launching of the Rotary Community Corps
- Skimmed mil power project
- New Year carnival for special children

The "Sponsor-a-Wheelchair" project stated in June 2002 as a joint project with the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur and the Wheelchair Foundation of USA. With double matching arranged by the Wheelchair Foundation, the committee was able to offer the sponsorship of quality wheelchairs at a low sponsorship price of only RM 250 per wheelchair. As at 17 June 2003, the committee has received payment of RM 321,000 for the sponsorship of 1,284 wheelchairs. 5 container loads of 1,200 wheelchairs (in 3 sizes) have been ordered from the Wheelchair Foundation of USA. About 600 wheelchairs have been distributed to date to qualified handicapped beneficiaries. At an estimated retail price of RM 750 per wheelchair, the total value of the wheelchairs sponsored is about RM 960,000. Indeed, the wheelchair project can be regarded as a million ringgit project!

The skimmed milk powder projects involved the distribution of about 10,000 packets of imported skimmed milk powder, donated by corporate sponsor, Ban Guan Brothers Sdn Bhd of Penang. These were distributed to needy and underprivileged adults as well as the hardcore poor, sickly and handicapped adults in homes and hospitals. Our distribution channels included the Dewan Bandaraya of Kuala Lumpur, Hospis Malaysia, PEMADAM, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, churches, Rotary clubs in Group 7, among others.

The RI Charter by RI President Bhichai Rattkul for the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) BMP Sg. Lui, Hulu Langat, Selangor, was issued on 21 November 2002 and presented on 26 January 2003 in a ceremony. This included the launching of the ICT Development Centre with the donation of 7 sets of personal computers by Rotarians. The RCC, sponsored by the club, provides for the teaching of English, Science, Mathematics and Computer knowledge.

1,600 underprivileged and special children from homes as far north as Taiping, as far east as Bentong and as far south as Bahau were treated to a New Year carnival filled with entertainment, games, inflatable stations, gifts, food and drinks. Graced by the Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur, the event was jointly organised by the Royal Selangor Club at the Bukit Kiara grounds. Many Rotarians, spouses and family members, guests, Interactors and Rotaractors turned up to help. Face painting on 1,250 young faces received recognition by the Malaysia Book of Records as the most number of faces painted in an event. Donations of cash and kind from Rotarians, members of the Royal Selangor Club and corporations totalled about RM 100,000.

Other key programmes and activities of the club included following:
-The club signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur to cooperate to implement, promote and establish projects which benefit the community.

- The first Avoidable Blindness Conference of Asia (ABC) was organised jointly with the Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, the Rotavision 2020 (Zone 6), and the 6 Rotary clubs in Group 7 under the auspices of District 3300. There were 200 participants from Malaysia, Singapore and India.

- The 6th rotary Research Foundation Awards Ceremony was graced by the Minister for Science, Technology and the Environment, YB Dato' Seri Law Hieng Ding. Types of awards presented included: (a) one honorary gold medal (awarded to Dato' Seri Azizan Bin Zainul Abidin; (b) 7 gold medals and (c) 6 fellowship awards.

- The club recognised the exemplary service-above-self of 2 doctors and 2 staff nurses from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for risking their lives in taking care of patients infected with the deadly SARS. The 2 doctors were awarded with crystal vases while the 2 staff nurses were awarded with smaller crystal vases and cash. Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, Deputy Director General of Health, gave away the awards on behalf of the club.

- A joint project was organised with the Rotary Club of Raffles City, Singapore, involving the 6-day community-oriented visit to Kuala Lumpur of 29 Interactors and 3 teacher advisors from the Interact club of Tampines Junior College, Singapore.

- A vocational visit to MAS Engineering and Training Centre for 41 Montfort Home boys was organised.

- A half-day workshop introducing the Internet and E-mail to Rotarians and Inner Wheel members was held in November.

- The club contributed US$ 3,000 toward the tree-planting matching grant project as well as US$ 8,000 for the tuberculosis eradication (child) matching grant project of sister club, the Rotary club of Makati, Philippines.

- 10 Paul Harris Fellows (PHFs) C including 4 multiple PHFs C were confirmed during the Rotary year.

- Financial donations to 6 organisations for the underprivileged and handicapped totalling RM 6,000.

- Sponsoring 24 sets of uniforms for 12 blind students of Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas, Genting Klang, amounting to RM 1,440.

The club received the following awards from the District Governor, Dr N Lakshmanan:
1. Award for Public Relations Project "Special Children";
2. Award for Special Recognition "Carnival for Underprivileged Children; and
3. Award for Service to New Generations Project "Interact Leadership Training Seminar".