Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)


Most holy books ask you to be private about what you do for the marginalized, the single mothers, the poor, the sick, the orphans, the homeless and the destitute!

It is said ‘let not your right hand know what the left hand does!’

Religiously that is clear enough!

But not in Malaysia – here it has become a professional media circus, an art in itself fit for Hollywood awards!

Tell the whole wide world that you are giving donations or providing a meal or dinner for the underprivileged!

It is shameful that this is being done in full view of the Malaysian media both electronic and print!

We in the NGO world are also guilty of participating in this vulgar display!

I wonder whether the donation blitz is more for the poor and needy or the profile, political or other agenda and aspirations of those indulging in it!

Our politicians, their wives, the rich and powerful seem to be so caught up in their own political and social euphoria that they forget that even the poor, the marginalized, the single mothers, the orphans have their dignity too!

The other pertinent question is whether it is their money that is spent in the first place and are they hoping that these small handouts will wash away the actions of their ‘dark side” or cleanse ‘ill-gotten wealth?’
Interesting questions for a Wednesday morning though!

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