Members of the Malaysian Punjabi Licensed Moneylenders Association (MPLMA) are joining the thousands of individuals, companies and organisations in doing their little bit for the nation by donating to the Tabung Harapan Malaysia.The 1952-established association marshalled its members to raise RM55,000 towards the fund which was set up not too long after the Pakatan Harapan government came to power.Earlier this week, some of the key MPLMA leaders handed the cheque to Housing and Local Government deputy minister Senator Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad in Putrajaya.“We took the opportunity to congratulate him on his appointment as the deputy minister. We also extended our congratulations to Zuraida Kamaruddin for her appointment as the Minister of Housing and Local Government

“In a discussion, we briefed the Deputy Minister of some of the efforts by MPLMA to improve state of the moneylending business. Though our name carries the word Punjabi, our organisation is open to members from all races and religion,” MPLMA President Palwinder Singh told Asia Samachar.

He added: “As an outfit that serves all communities and faiths, we are delighted to be part of the Tabung Harapan project.”

The Tabung Harapan Malaysia was established by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on May 30 to enable Malaysians to donate towards reducing the RM1.087 trillion national debt. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had previously said donations to fund would only be used to settle government debts.MPLMA, or Persatuan Pemberi Pinjam Wang Berlesen Punjabi Malaysia, was formerly known as Punjabi Sahukara Association which was was established in 1952.Last year, the association brought together some 600 licensed money lenders representatives for a briefing on the impact of the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) on the sector. Effective 16 Dec 2016, all registered money lenders are required to register themselves under the Act which regulates the processing of personal data in commercial transactions.The half-day session also included officials from the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government and Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.For its next project, MPLMA is organising a gala dinner on 5 Oct 2018 at Sunway Putra. For more information on the dinner, contact Satnaam Singh (012-2957000) or Sukhamar (01902383838).“The event is intended to foster the relationship among licensed money lenders and Government related agency,” said Palwinder.

 MPLMA OFFICE BEARERS (2018/2020): President: Palwinder Singh Khosa; Vice President: Amrinderjit Singh; Secretary: Kaveldeep Singh; Asst Secretary: Satnaam Singh; Treasurer: Kashvinder Singh Khosa; Committee Members: Harvinder Singh, Sukhamar Singh, Nesibjeet Singh, Tejvir Singh; Sub committee Members: Gobikrihna, Khor Yee Teng, Ravinder Singh Jaj; Advisor: Bin Dhaliwal

By Asia Samachar 

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