Semiconductor maker donates $100,000 to ST pocket money fund

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund general manager Tan Bee Heong (left) giving a token of appreciation to Silicon Manufacturing Partners (SMP) chairman Ang Kay Chai for the company's donation to the fund yesterday. Next to Mr Ang is SMP gener
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund general manager Tan Bee Heong (left) giving a token of appreciation to Silicon Manufacturing Partners (SMP) chairman Ang Kay Chai for the company's donation to the fund yesterday. Next to Mr Ang is SMP general manager Gu Zhimin. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

A semiconductor manufacturing company decided to mark its 100th board meeting yesterday by donating $100,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF).

Silicon Manufacturing Partners (SMP) chose to donate to STSPMF this year as part of efforts to support the SG Cares Giving Week campaign, which ends on Monday.

SMP, which was formed in 1997, is a joint venture between semiconductor manufacturers GlobalFoundries Singapore and Broadcom, and it operates a wafer fabrication plant in Woodlands.

In previous years, GlobalFoundries had lent its support to charities like the Children's Cancer Foundation, among others.

SMP chairman Ang Kay Chai said the company donated to STSPMF this year as it was impressed with the fund's efforts.

SMP also shared the fund's commitment to ensuring children and youth from disadvantaged homes get the help they need, he added.

STSPMF each year disburses more than $6 million to 10,000 beneficiaries - from primary school pupils to students in the Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges and polytechnics.

Mr Ang said: "We want to ensure that children in need have the capability to achieve the best for themselves and give back to the community in the future." He added that more than ever, STSPMF beneficiaries are in need of help, given the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Ang called on more people and organisations to come forward to get involved in charitable work and help those who are in need.

STSPMF general manager Tan Bee Heong said the fund was thankful to receive the donation and to have a new partner join its cause. "We are very blessed to see such generosity despite the tough economic situation we are in," she said.

Luqmanul Hakim

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2020, with the headline Semiconductor maker donates $100,000 to ST pocket money fund. Subscribe