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Singapore’s three ethnic business chambers came together to do their part for the relief operations in aid of civilians in Gaza affected by the ongoing conflict. 

Humanity Matters SG, a non- governmental organisation,  kicked off its fund-raising efforts on 8 March 2024, and the three chambers of commerce from the Chinese, Malay, and Indian business communities presented cheques at an event held at the Old Arts House.

Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of Humanity Matters, Mr Ong Keng Yong, received the cheques in the presence of President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and his wife, Ms Jane Ittogi.

SICCI Chairman Mr Neil Parekh, presented the cheque on behalf of the Chamber and the Indian business fraternity to Mr Ong.

The money raised will go into aid packages of medical, food and hydration supplies.

 ‘We are most humbled and happy to have the Chinese, Malay and Indian chambers of commerce and several prominent philanthropists who have readily and immediately stepped forward in response to Humanity Matters’ appeal for support to further extend the Singaporean people’s compassion and humanitarian assistance to the affected civilians in Gaza,” Mr Ong said. 

“This spirit of solidarity and genuine compassion is what motivates Humanity Matters to do more for the less fortunate as we celebrate the graciousness of Singaporeans and the goodness that we Singaporeans are blessed with,” he added.

Mr Parekh said: “Our Chamber and its members are deeply moved by the sufferings of the people of Gaza in this most tragic conflict.”

Photos and Article: SICCI’s June newsletter

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