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    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    There's this Forbes list of Asia's most "generous and interesting" philanthropists. (I don't know what constitutes "interesting" when giving money but I am sure Forbes knows best.) Anyway, four Malaysians made the list: Syed Mokhtar, Hishamudin Ubaidulla, Zaid Ibrahim, and Amar Leonard Linggi Tun Jugah.

    Then there's the other Forbes' list of richest people on the planet. Nine Malaysians made the list. Still at number 1, Robert Kuok. Then followed by Ananda Krishnan, Lim Goh Tong, Syed Mokthar, Teh Hong Piow, Quek Leng Chan, Lee Shin Cheng, Yeoh Liong Lay, and Tiong Hiew King.

    We have seven out of nine of the richest in the world being Chinese. But zero when it comes to being generous.

    Before all you rich Chinese people piss all over me, I know, maybe the rich do give their money away but perhaps it was "interesting" enough for Forbes to be recognised. Or probably, they do give. A lot. But they don't tell the world about it. Or they give anonymously or through their businesses as tax write-offs. Or maybe they are Christians, and Jesus did say that if you give, don't announce it to the world. (I read Francis Yeoh saying something like that.)

    Whatever the case, we can argue either way. But this list just makes the Chinese look bad. No wonder people hate rich Chinese people.


    Hsian said...

    You should read the book Asian Godfathers - proof that rich Chinese people are very profit motivated :D and that charitable

    xmocha said...

    er, I think the Kuok Foundation and the Hong Leong foundation has done a lot in terms of scholarships for poor students, and I think lots of the Tan Sris on the Top 40 Malaysians list actively donate to keep independent Chinese schools alive and thriving.