KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — Ervin Devadason had been saving his pocket money over the past eight months to buy the drum set of his dreams.
But the primary school student chose to donate all eight months' worth of his savings today to Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM).
“During and after the elections, I followed the news closely and saw that Malaysia needed help, so I decided to donate whatever I have as my part to contribute.
“I have been saving up about eight months and I was planning to buy a drum set with the money,” said Devadason, who just turned 12 years old last Thursday.
At the symbolic event at the DAP Segambut parliamentary office here, Devadason was given the honour of handing over his coin bank to DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang.
The amount, however, was not disclosed, as Devadason had yet to calculate the total sum collected.
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh said she had received an email from Devadason’s father, conveying his passion over the current development in the country and his intention to donate to THM.
“This is the beautiful thing about Malaysia after May 9th, the young and old all want to play their part just to make Malaysia better,” Yeoh said of Devadason, who currently attends SK Bukit Rimau, Shah Alam.
The Finance Ministry launched THM on May 30 after claiming that Malaysia was saddled with RM1 trillion debt by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
The trust fund was set up to enable the ministry to manage public contributions and donations in a systematic and transparent manner.