Here are the pictures of Joshua and his mother, with president William Wee of Rotary Club of Penang

KUCHING: Rotary Clubs of Sarawak and partner iM Sarawak have carried out various community projects in the state for the last three years.

Rotary District 3310 immediate past district Governor (2014-2015) Andre Suharto assured that they would continue to uplift quality of life in rural areas.

“Our mission is to execute projects identified and ensure funds from iM Sarawak are used accordingly,” Andre said at a press conference in his office here yesterday.

“We hope to help communities solve their problems and carry out activities that benefit them.”

Andre said the Rotary Club in Sarawak and Sabah must continue to collaborate with agencies like iM Sarawak to help the less fortunate in rural areas progress.

Earlier at the press conference, Rotary Club of Kuching Central president (2015-2016) Ng Yaw Hua told the media that 35 longhouses in upper Rejang River needed basic facilities.

“We are going into partnership with iM Sarawak to contribute to them as funds had been identified,” he said.

Rotary Club of Kuching Central immediate past president Louis Yong revealed that Rotary Club of Kuching Central and Rotary Club of Kuching Jaya had carried out five community projects. They are both under Rotary District 3310.

In September 2015, Rotary Club of Kuching Central carried out three projects: repair work on Community Hall for Kampung Sabang and Kampung Ba, and installation of solar power in Kampung Labi, Simunjan.

End of 2013, Rotary Club of Kuching Jaya did two projects: water supply for Long Semadoh and Long Telingan as well as micro hydro projects for Long Semadoh and Long Telingan.

“The micro hydro project, started in second quarter of 2014, is ongoing,” he revealed.

Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) chief executive officer Ung Su Ling said iM Sarawak was a social development initiative of the 1 Malaysia Sarawak Advisory Council (1MSAC) to help communities in the state know the principles of 1 Malaysia.

“It is designed to bring long-term benefits to the people by focusing on improving lives through education and sports,” she said.

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 16 — Four-year-old Joshua Thian from Sarawak, who was suffering from a congenital heart defect, is now healthy and active just like any other child.

He can now carry on with life after successfully undergoing a heart correction surgery on December 4.

Joshua got a new lease on life thanks to generous donors, notably a Penang-based non-governmental organisation, Gift of Life (GOL), and Rotarians from his hometown of Kuching as well as Penang.

Joshua, who suffered from tetralogy of fallot (TOF), looked cheerful at a press conference held recently at the Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH).

Joshua’s mother, 30-year-old Indonesian Yosepa Eva, expressed gratitude to the generous sponsors who funded her son’s surgery.

“I could not be happier to see him cured of his illness. I don’t have the capacity to return the favour to all of them, but I hope God can do it on my behalf,” said the grateful mother.

Also present were GOL chairman Ranjit Singh, Rotary Club Penang president William Wee, Rotary Club Tanjung Bungah president John Loh Geok Hoo and PAH chief executive officer Dr Wesley Toh See Wei.

When they learnt that their son’s surgery would cost RM50,000, Yosepa and her husband, lorry driver Thian Paw Poh, 35, were devastated.

Fears of losing their only child crept in as they could not raise the money for the surgery on their own with a monthly household income of RM1,800.


His parents could not get him free medical treatment at public hospitals in Sarawak because he did not have a birth certificate as his parents’ marriage was not registered in the state.

But the couple were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when the Kuching Central Rotary Club approached them and offered to get help from other NGOs to help bear the cost of the surgery for their son.

GOL donated RM19,000 while the Kuching Central Rotary Club contributed RM 13,000.

The Rotary club branches of Penang and Tanjung Bungah donated RM2,000 and RM 1,900 respectively, while the family also received public donations amounting to RM15,300.

On November 30, the Immigration Department issued a special travel document to allow Joshua to travel to Penang for the surgery, thanks to assistance from the Kuching Central Rotary Club.

The family arrived in Penang on December 1 and Joshua underwent a five-hour procedure at the Gleneagles Medical Centre.

He was discharged from hospital four days later, and will go for regular medical check-ups at a public hospital in Kuching until fully recovered.

“I brought him out to the beach in Penang after he was discharged and he enjoyed himself. He was running here and there for quite a long time, something that he was not able to do when he was sick,” said an elated Yosepa.