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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Self-proclaimed richest man donates to children’s home in Kulim

KULIM: The Batu Grace Children Home has regarded controversial Zhang Jian, the self-proclaimed world’s future richest man, as their “godfather” after he donated RM1.2mil to them in 2014 and an additional RM10,000 monthly beginning this month.

“With the businessman’s latest contribution and public donations, it will be enough to run the home without worries,” said the home’s founder Dr Solomon B.G. Rajan­th­ren.

Zhang’s RM1.2mil donation went into buying three bungalows currently used by the home, he said during the event.

Datuk Seri Steven Yong, who represented Zhang, said the RM10,000 would be donated over 12 months, adding that the sum would increase gradually.

“I met up with him (Zhang) in Europe and he told me that he will be in Malaysia in June,” said Yong at the event. “Zhang will also visit the home soon to meet the children and see how it is run.”

Yong and his wife Datin Seri Annie Chong were among 400 people who attended a dinner at the home in Taman Desa Aman over the weekend.

Dr Solomon said the dinner was to show gratitude to their “godfather” who helped them at a time when they needed it most.

The home has 96 residents.

Zhang was caught in a controversy when his company, Yun Shu Mao, was linked to a get-rich-quick scheme that was investigated by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.

Kedah Commercial Crime Investigation Department Chief Supt Chan Teck Paing, when contacted yesterday, said police did not receive any report about Zhang.

“So, we are not investigating him but we will be monitoring the situation closely.”