Chinese rubber trader wins praise for aiding Tamil primary school on his land

Picture from Sin Chew Daily

Chinese rubber trader wins praise for aiding Tamil primary school on his land

BY: Patrick Beech

A rubber trader in Sitiawan, Perak is a man with a heart of gold. 

When Yek Dong Ping bought a plot of land for RM300,000 in Ayear Tawar 30 years ago, there was already a Tamil primary school there. 

Yek not only allowed SJKT Ayer Tawar to continue operating but also paid the quit rent for the school and has not collected any rent for the last three decades. 

The 78-year-old businessman said he did not want to disrupt the children's education and was happy to have the school there. 

The school had also approached Yek to buy the land and wanted to organise a fundraising campaign to get enough funds. 

Not only did Yek agree to sell the land way below market price, but also chipped in to help with the fundraising. 

He also delivers mandarin oranges every year during Chinese New Year. 

“I am not rich, but I can still afford to pay the quit rent,” he said. 

Most of the students at the school are children of rubber tappers.

“I am merely returning all the support I have been receiving from Indian rubber tappers,” he added.