Businessman who grew up poor back to support his school

IT was nostalgia and a chance to give back that prompted Datuk Seri Liow Soon Hee to donate RM600,000 to his alma mater. Liow, who graduated from SMK Bandar Baru Ampang, Selangor, in 2006, knows the importance of education and how it can make a difference in someone’s life. Coming from a poor family, the eldest of four siblings is grateful for the education he received from his dedicated teachers. Now not wanting others who grew up in underprivileged backgrounds to be left behind, the Winner Dynasty Group founder and chairman called the school last month, pledging to help fund a new hall and seven smart TVs so that online lessons could be carried out.


The sole breadwinner for his family from a young age, Liow recalls struggling to focus in class because he was too busy worrying about putting food on the table. “The real world is tough. I learnt that the hard way. I had to work 10 times harder than everyone else because I didn’t do that well in school, ” he said, adding that everyone must do their part and give back to society if they have the means to do so. SMK Bandar Baru Ampang principal Rabiya Mohamad Sultan – who was Liow’s discipline teacher then – was thankful for the contribution. Besides having to do general repairs, the school was in need of new fans, air conditioners, flooring and wiring. “We also needed LED Smart TVs for our teaching and learning activities. “To our amazement, he offered seven Smart TVs costing over RM49,000 and another RM6,000 for electronic devices. “He also agreed to donate a further RM550,000 to build a new hall for us, ” said Rabiya.