Debra Soon

Indonesian philantropists are changing lives

Channel NewsAsia is shining a deserved spotlight on individuals and organizations dedicated to charitable giving with a new program aptly called "Changing Lives," which celebrated its launch on Tuesday with the support of several billionaire philanthropists from Indonesia.
"The idea for the program came from my conversation with pak Tahir," said Debra Soon, head of news and premier segments at MediaCorp, the parent company of Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia.
Soon was referring to renowned Indonesian businessman and founder of the Mayapada Group, Tahir, who was present at the launch in Fairmont Jakarta.
"We talked about what we can do to promote philanthropy. I said, 'Why don't we organize events [and] have a program, because as a channel, we should be raising awareness of issues that matter to Asia.'"
The event included a gala dinner and talk show which featured Tahir as well as Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, who is known as a prominent business owner in her own right.

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