800 needy families to get Lianhe Zaobao paper

Ngee Ann Kongsi vice-president Jamie Teo (far left) and president Richard Lee handing over a cheque yesterday to Ms Lee Huay Leng, head of SPH's Chinese Media Group. The beneficiaries will receive free print subscriptions to Lianhe Zaobao for a year.
Ngee Ann Kongsi vice-president Jamie Teo (far left) and president Richard Lee handing over a cheque yesterday to Ms Lee Huay Leng, head of SPH's Chinese Media Group. The beneficiaries will receive free print subscriptions to Lianhe Zaobao for a year.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

More than 800 needy households will receive free print subscriptions to Lianhe Zaobao for a year under a $150,000 public education initiative sponsored by non-profit foundation Ngee Ann Kongsi.

From next month, beneficiaries will be able to follow both local and global news reports by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) flagship Chinese language newspaper, the organisation announced yesterday.

Beneficiaries such as households with students and seniors were identified by the Chinese Development Assistance Council and SPH's Chinese Media Group.

Ms Lee Huay Leng, who heads the group, said that in an age where fake news and misinformation are rampant, "it is important to have trusted news sources that provide quality reporting backed by verified facts".

She added: "The Ngee Ann Kongsi's sponsorship of Lianhe Zaobao subscriptions is a good example of a new way of helping the needy in our community. We hope more organisations can come forward so that a wider group of beneficiaries can also benefit."

Ngee Ann Kongsi president Richard Lee said providing quality education has been one of the Teochew organisation's key purposes since its founding in 1845.

"We firmly believe in empowerment through education and recognise the importance of being well informed," he said, adding that the newspaper subscriptions will hopefully allow beneficiaries to continue to enrich their knowledge in the changing global landscape.

The Ngee Ann Kongsi's educational and other charitable projects are funded by revenue generated from its ventures such as the Ngee Ann City shopping mall and office complex and the rental of its properties.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2019, with the headline '800 needy families to get Lianhe Zaobao paper'. Print Edition | Subscribe