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SPH collects $1.76 million today in donations to Tsunami relief fund Kuok Group in Singapore gives largest sum of $1 million, boosting collection to $5 million

SINGAPORE, 4 January 2005 - Singaporeans and companies donated $1.76 million today to the Red Cross Tidal Waves fund at the Singapore Press Holdings’ collection centre, bringing the donations it has received over six days to $5 million.

The largest donation of $1 million came from the Kuok Group of Companies in Singapore, making it the biggest contribution from a single group to the fund so far.

The Kuok Group, in a letter which came with the three cheques to the Singapore Red Cross Society, requested that the $1 million donation be split into $600,000 for Indonesia, $200,000 for Thailand and $200,000 for other affected countries.

The cheques were handed over to Mrs Sng Ngoi May, SPH’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Corporate Relations, who dropped them into the donation box at News Centre.

Commenting on the group’s donation, Ms Kay Kuok, Director of Kuok (Singapore) Limited, said: "Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake and tsunamis. In this unprecedented tragedy, we feel compelled to provide whatever support, assistance and relief we can for our neighbours, colleagues and fellow citizens around the region.

“We sincerely hope that this gift to the Red Cross in Singapore - part of a larger total donation of HK$34 million from The Kuok Group as a whole - will provide some relief to those hit hardest by this disaster.”

Generous donations continued to pour in today as the SPH-initiated relief drive to collect funds for the Singapore Red Cross and emergency supplies for the affected countries entered its sixth day today. Today’s collection of cash and cheque donations, totalling $1.759 million, is the highest in a day since SPH launched its relief effort on 29 December 2004.

More companies and grassroots organisations across Singapore are also coming forward with big donations.

Kah Motor Company Sdn Bhd donated nearly $170,000 which included collection from its staff. For every $1 its staff contributed to the Tidal Waves Asia Fund, the company topped up with $5.

Other generous donors include:

Singapore Food Manufacturers Association ($60,000)
Tradition Singapore (Pte) Ltd ($50,000)
Phoh Kiu Siang T’ng Trust Fund ($50,000)
Eo Hoe Hean Club ($30,000)
Anwell Technologies Ltd ($30,000)
Mou Shan Tin Yam Meditation Altar ($26,000)
AP Oil International Ltd ($22,000)
Cine Equipment Pte Ltd ($20,000)
Kebun Baru Business Owners’ Committee ($20,000)
Sincere Watch ($20,000)

Many companies and individuals also sent truck loads of relief to the News Centre collection point in Toa Payoh North, including a Malaysian lorry which brought in a full load of bottled water from across the Causeway. Most of the other donors in kind contributed hundreds of cartons of mineral water.

Another company, Sayeed Muhammad & Sons Traders Pte Ltd donated 10 tonnes of rice in 25-kg sacks. The Lembaga Pentadbir Masjid Darussalam mosque in Commonwealth Avenue West brought a whole lorry full of medical and food supplies which it has collected from the public over the last three days. A woman donated 500 cartons of mineral water. One company donated 10,000 pieces of face masks. Most them wanted to remain anonymous.

Since SPH mounted the public appeal for aid to the tsunami-hit countries on 29 December 2004, DHL Danzas Air & Ocean, which is providing logistic support in the relief effort, has carted away 39 containers of supplies, seven of them today.

The collection at News Centre will continue until Friday, 7 January. It is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information, please contact:

Irene Ngoo
Assistant Vice President
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 63191216
Fax: 6319 8150

About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading news and information provider, offering quality content for print, Internet and radio. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and 63 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy some 300 million pageviews a month. SPH also operates two UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English,
under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.