A few days ago, a memo from SGM was sent out… (English text after the Chinese text)
1.建造更多的教育设施（比如，其他州的Tadika Seri Soka）或者资助想在TSS学习但是负担不起的低收入群体的学费。
A few days ago, a memo from SGM was sent out.
The main topic will share on Soka Gakkai’s ideology and practice in the realm of culture and art. Besides the theme sharing, there will be an introduction of the 9th SGM Art Collection exhibition titled “Discovering Beauty – SGM Art Collection Exhibition” and promotion by respective Honbu leader on the Honbu group tour arrangement.
The educational programme will be held in 21 Honbu based Chinese venues and 1 KL based English venue and opened to all leaders, members and soka friends to attend.
There was a time table with allocated dates for each Honbu to encourage leaders and members to attend this tour-cum-education.We are quite sure that a lot of efforts and planning have been put into this and we applaud SGM for running this.
We believe this programme is a response to the issues raised on the spending of MYR$27.9M on collection of antiques and art. SGM takes the initiative to educate and showcase the collection that SGM procured over the years.
However, let’s not forget that these art collection were purchased using members hard earned and sincere contribution.
We put ourselves in a member’s point of view. We imagined these are the questions that will arise in their mind as they study the art collection:
- How much was this piece of art?
- Who assessed it’s price? It doesn’t look terribly expensive to me.
- Who approved the decision to buy this art?
- Was it really necessary to buy them?
- Has it helped kosen-rufu in Malaysia? (We presumed not much, as membership has been stagnant for more than 10 years)
- Why are these not made known to members all these years and the collection were only brought up after these issues were revealed?
Is it better for my money to be used for other purposes that will benefit members and kosen-rufu, such as:
- having more education facilities (for example, Tadika Seri Soka in other States) or subsidizing TSS school fees for the lower income group who wish to study in TSS but could not afford to do so.
- multi-level car park in Cheras Kaikan (previous GD Choo-san announced this 10 years ago and still no progress. During meetings, members have to park their cars right up to the hill and walked 10 minutes to Kaikan. There were also incidents where neighbours complained about cars parked outside their houses. Ikeda Sensei will always give careful consideration when it comes to building SGI centres so that it will not inconvenient members and our neighbours.
- renovation of toilets in IPA and Kinekan Hall. Some of the toilets particularly the Kinekan’s are faulty and smelly. Again, why have we not thought of the members’ convenience? They are the one using the centre all the time.
- helping Nepal earthquake victims or Johor flood victims a few years ago. During Nepal earthquake, members have to fork out from their own pocket to help the Nepal earthquake victims in a charity night event at Kaikan. Wouldn’t it be more meaningful if SGM can channel the funds to helping the unfortunate communities THAN buying antiques?
We really wonder how SGM will answer these questions that are in the members’ mind. And we hope SGM will slot this as a topic to share during the education tour and not just doing it to proof that the MYR$27.9M went into the pieces of art and antiques.
We hope that SGM’s top leadership will put members in their heart first before making any decision. After all, we need to be accountable for every dollar that the members contribute and ensure the money is used in the best interest of the members and communities and not for some personal agendas.
“Please share the web link to this article, not copy & paste the content into WhatsApp. This is to ensure accuracy of the content. Thank you.”