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Indonesian billionaire personally hands S$100,000 cheque to boy with leukaemia in Singapore

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SINGAPORE – Indonesia’s 16th richest person, 69-year-old Ang Tjoen Ming, personally handed a S$100,000 (approximately Php38.4 million) cheque to a 5-year-old Malaysian boy suffering from leukaemia, according to Chinese Daily, Shin Min Daily News (SMDN).

According to Forbes Indonesia, the Indonesian magnate is the founder of the Mayapada group and has a net worth of USD 2.6 billion (S$3.5 billion).

Ang, who has a grandson of his own, was moved

On March 4, SMDN covered the boy’s fundraiser for his haploidentical transplant on the online crowdfunding platform Give.asia.

Ang, whose youngest grandson is four years old, said he was moved by the article and decided to pay a personal visit to the boy, Isaac Ng, and his father, Ng Nai Long, because he was in Singapore at the time.

“Yesterday, I looked at your pictures, [and] immediately I responded,” Ang explained.

Ang arrived at Ng’s Singapore residence dressed in a white button down long sleeve shirt and black pants.

Greeted at the door by Ng and his father, Ang remarked to Ng: “You’re like my grandson.”

Personally handed S$100,000 cheque and promised to take care of expenses

While sitting at a table, Ang took a cheque from his black wallet and handed it to Ng’s father for S$100,000.

He told Ng’s father not to worry and to concentrate on nursing Ng back to health, and reassured him several times: “I’ll bear the rest of the expenses; you don’t have to worry, let me settle.”

Ng’s father appeared to be at a loss for words in response to Ang’s generosity, and he thanked Ang by clasping his hands together.

“Grandpa will help you so that you can live a strong life after your recovery,” Ang added.

“You will definitely be a good person, one who is more capable than me,” he added.

Ang’s visit was unexpected

Speaking to SMDN reporters again after Ang’s visit, Ng’s father said Ang called him on March 5 and asked how his son was doing.

While the older Ng claimed that Ang had asked for their address during the phone call, he never expected Ang to show up in person, let alone with a S$100,000 check in hand.

After Ang’s donation, Ng’s father said he feels a weight lifted off his chest and can finally focus on his son’s treatment and recovery.

Ng was three when he was diagnosed

In 2019, Ng was three years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Ng was admitted to the hospital at the time for persistent bruises on his face and a high fever.

He was later treated at the University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, where he responded favorably to chemotherapy.

Despite his prognosis of a high chance of recovery, Ng suffered a bone marrow relapse 13 months later.

Due to the highly aggressive nature of his leukaemia cells, which were resistant to chemotherapy, the medical team treating Ng stated that there are no more treatment options in Malaysia for him by mid-2021.

Ng’s leukaemia too aggressive and resistant to therapies

This led Ng’s parents to seek alternative medical treatments overseas, when they learnt of a treatment called Chimeric-Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy that was available across the border in Singapore.

Ng was referred to National University Hospital Singapore (NUHS), and his parents began a fundraising campaign for his care. The costs, including hospitalization, were estimated to be around S$180,000 at the time.

Unfortunately, a month after Ng began CAR-T therapy in late December 2021, tests revealed that he was losing the CAR-T cells that were supposed to help detect and fight cancer cells in the long run, and that he was at an extremely high risk of relapsing.

It was then critical that Ng receive a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible, but there were no suitable donors available anywhere in the world.

Ng’s upcoming haploidentical stem cell transplant

Fortunately, Ng’s father was discovered to be a suitable donor for a different procedure known as haploidentical (half-matched) stem cell transplant.

However, Ng’s parents were once again stymied by the astronomical medical costs, which were estimated to be around S$350,000 this time.

According to Ng’s Give.asia page, his parents attempted to find alternatives, such as returning to Malaysia for treatment.

But time was of the essence, and the couple couldn’t afford any delays because Ng required the transplant right away.

The couple used Give.asia once more to reach out to the public and raise funds for their son’s medical expenses.

At the time of writing, S$464,099 of the S$550,000 fund for Ng’s upcoming procedure in mid-April 2022 had been raised.

Ang is a philantrophist

While Ng’s father said that the young boy was not fully aware of what happened so far, he said that Ng gifted Ang a picture of Doraemon which he coloured himself as a way of conveying his gratitude towards Ang’s generosity.

This is not Ang’s first act of charity, as noted by SMDN.

Ang told the Chinese daily’s reporters that he had responded to a couple’s request for monetary assistance around six years ago.

The couple waited for Ang below his office with their six-month-old daughter in tow. The toddler was suffering from thalassemia and needed funds for chemotherapy and bone transplant.

Ang said he paid for the toddler’s medical expenses in full, which cost over S$350,000.

The billionaire philantrophist had also previously donated US$100 million (S$136 million) towards the global prevention of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013, according to Tatler Asia.

Sharing his philosophy for helping others to SMDN’s reporters, Ang: “You heal your own diseases when you heal other people’s diseases.”

“I do not own wealth, but only manage wealth,” said the humble Indonesian billionaire, who added that it was God’s grace who gave him the opportunity to help others.

This article was originally published on Mothership.

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