Cheers for the needy


WHEN the members of the Persatuan Kebajikan Hotelier Malaysia (PHM) visited Penang for a short holiday in February, they did not expect that the impact of the Covid-19 would ‘extend’ their stay in the state.


Its advisor Wilson Lum said the society, established in 2016, consists of Malaysian members (chefs) who are mostly working and living in China.


“About 40 of us came to Penang before the movement control order (MCO) and we are unable to travel back to China due to the travel restrictions.


“Since we are unable to return to China, we decide to do something good for the needy people in Penang.”


Crowd clapping to a welcome speech


Lum said the PHM together with the Penang Chef’s Association Malaysia jointly organised a Charity Gala night to raise funds for three charity homes.


The theme of the event was ‘Master Devils Chef with Angels of Duris’.


“I would like to thank the Penang Chef’s Association Malaysia and all those who have contributed generously to make this event possible,” he said in his speech at Bukit Genting Hill Leisure Park and Restaurant in Teluk Kumbar today.


The charity event managed to raise RM15,000. The organisers would be giving away RM5,000 worth of provisions to each charity home.


The charity homes that would benefit from the event are the Persatuan Penganut Thiru Arut Prakasa Vallalar, Penang Handicapped Welfare Association and Children with Disabilities Welfare Association.


Penang Chef’s Association advisor Peter Chan Weng Seng said that it was a pleasure to collaborate with PHM to organise such a noble initiative.


“We hope to do more in the future.


“Our contributions may seem small to some people, but they are big to the needy. We are happy to play our part to help those in need,” Chan said.


Warm chicken ballotine with vegetables


The guests enjoyed a mouth-watering meal at the restaurant, located at about 750m above sea level.


Also in attendance was Bukit Genting Hill Leisure Park and Restaurant owner Jojo Woo.


Story and pix by Kevin Vimal