Borneo Post answers #IceBucketChallengeBy Christopher Lau
THE BORNEO POST NOMINATED two ministers and an assistant minister to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge Aug 28 after 14 of its staff members took up the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge at Crown Towers.
The two ministers are Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and Local Government and Community Development Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh while the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development) Datuk Naroden Majais.
The Borneo Post was responding to a challenge from Interhill Group of Companies and was led by Editorial Director Phyllis Wong and its Senior Managing Editor Francis Chan.
They were joined by Culture and Heritage Assistant Minister Liwan Lagang and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How in pouring buckets of ice over their heads at 11 am on Aug 28.
Wong, who is also General Operations Manager thanked Interhill Group for nominating The Borneo Post to raise awareness for ALS and donating towards medical research for its cure.
“We are blessed and we pray for others who are suffering to be relieved in a way or another. It is also for Bario and Ba Kelalan. I spent a few days at these two highland settlements recently with a team of five journalists and had the experience of having icy cold water for showers on cold nights. It was quite tough. We hope that the government could provide electricity to these rural areas so that the people there, especially senior citizens do not have to take icy cold shower every day,” said Wong.
Chan, who is also in charge of Utusan Borneo, said he had accepted the challenge in memory of a friend of his – Solley Wong – an editor who passed away due to a condition similar to ALS some years ago.
Liwan joined The Borneo Post for the challenge because he wanted to create awareness of this health condition so that the public would have a better understanding of it.
“I realised that those suffering from it are going through a lot of pain.Thank you for giving me this chance,” said the Belaga assemblyman before challenging Batang Ai assemblyman Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Hulu Rajang MP Wilson Ugak Kumbong and Ngemah assemblyman Alexander Vincent to take up the ice bucket challenge.
See commented that it was a meaningful event and he was glad to be part of it.
He challenged Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan and Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen to take up the challenge.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge first received attention on social media in US in June when US President Barack Obama was challenged but had declined, choosing chose to donate to the cause instead.
The challenge that has gone viral has also been taken up in Malaysia, with Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nasri Abdul Aziz among those who have taken the challenge.
Those being challenged will have to comply within 24 hours either by taking up the ice bucket challenge or opt for a donation of USD100 instead or both.
Members of the public interested to donate to the cause can visit http://www.alsa.org to find out more.