Uncle Kentang Receives Commonwealth Award

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 25 May 2021 09:28
Image from Uncle Kentang (Facebook)
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25 May 2021 09:28

Kuan Chee Heng, fondly known as Uncle Kentang, has been presented the Commonwealth Points of Light Award in recognition of his countless acts of charity in the community.

The Points of Light award was started by Queen Elizabeth II to recognise inspirational volunteers across the 54 Commonwealth countries for the difference they make in their communities.

According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), Kuan will be the fourth Malaysian to receive the honour since its inception in 2018.

He received notice of the honour on Saturday, May 22, and will collect the award on June 12 at the British High Commissioner's office in Kuala Lumpur.

Uncle Kentang is well known in the Klang Valley for his many efforts aimed at helping the vulnerable and under-privileged.

In a pinned post on his Facebook page, Kuan explained that he, too, came from a poor family. He remembers the feeling of hopelessness when his father passed away, and they had no money to transport him to the hospital.

He also recalled how his mother was beaten and chased away when she asked a grocery store owner for some rice when he was younger.

"That's when I promised myself, I will never let the poor be bullied, and the poor should never be bullied anyway," he said.

Although helping the underprivileged often takes an emotional toll on him (especially when he is unable to due to the sheer volume), he continues to soldier on because of his own difficult experiences.

The 56-year-old was a policeman when he founded Community Policing Malaysia in 2007, originally intended as a crime prevention non-governmental organisation (NGO).

However, Kuan began to realise that the main driver for crime was poverty in many local communities.

That was when he started to focus on aid and relief efforts for the poor instead. He has since started many initiatives as ‘Uncle Kentang’, a nickname that came about when he was giving out potatoes during a food distribution campaign.

He has since started a marketplace where the poor can buy items for 10 sen each, 10 sen taxi services to send the sick to hospitals, RM1 ambulance and hearse services, and RM1 transit homes to house those in desperate need of a place to stay for a night,among others.

He also personally attends to those in need when he receives calls from the public and has been grateful for the help of Malaysians when he asks for donations on social media.

"There really is great unity in this country, I have to say. When things are posted to social media about people who need help, people are so fast to offer support and donate, it's so nice to see," he told FMT.

If you are interested in supporting Uncle Kentang by donating in the form of personal belonging or funds, you can contact Kuan and his team on the Uncle Kentang website, the Uncle Kentang Facebook page, the Kentang Fund website, or through +6018-2683999.



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