BINTULU: The success of orphanage complexes established in the state depends greatly on the support of the community.
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said based on statistics, 80 per cent of their income come from public donations and only 20 per cent from assistance from the government and related agencies.
He said this at a charity dinner for Bintulu Orphanage Complex at ParkCity Everly Hotel on Saturday night, which was graced by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“Most are not from big donations, it was donations collected from charity boxes placed at strategic places such as banks and restaurants,” he said.
As non-governmental organisations, the orphanage complexes need continuous support and cooperation from all parties, Daud said.
To date, through various fundraising programmes and charity dinners for the construction of the orphanage Complex a total of RM12,412,989 had been collected.
“We have two complexes, namely in Kuching (Kompleks Kebajikan Laila Taib) and in Miri (Hamidah Orphanage Complex) and the complex in Sibu is expected to be completed by this year,” said Daud,who is Peryatim chairman.
On Bintulu complex, he said RM10.5 million had been spent on its construction which was expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
“This complex can accommodate about 200 children. All these complexes are for orphans regardless of race and religion, our complexes are open to all whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” he explained.
He further said orphans in the complex would be given special emphasis on education and discipline.
He also expressed his gratitude to the late Datuk Patinggi Laila Taib for her contribution to the development of orphanages in Sarawak.
Daud urged the orphans to follow the footsteps of the chief minister who is also an orphan but could achieve great success in life by being a good leader.