MALACCA, Malaysia: The father of Winson Seow has publicly apologised for his son's "mistake" and acknowledged that he is not a medical doctor.
Seow Teck Chong read a statement in Mandarin at Pay Fong Middle School here and expressed regret over the matter. Click here to find out more!
Also present were the school's alumni committee members and board of directors. Winson completed his secondary school education at Pay Fong in 2005.
Teck Chong, 58, a traditional medicine practitioner, apologised to the school and the publisher of his son's autobiography To Serve With Love.
He clarified that Winson was actually a medical volunteer who served in war-torn and Third World countries.
Teck Chong revealed that his son managed to collect a total of RM147,605.70 (S$58,922) from various sources.
They include donation drives initiated by the book publisher, entrance fees imposed on those who attended a talk by his son on his journey held at Pay Fong on March 25 and a fund handled by Winson's relatives and close friends.
Of the total figure, RM37,669.19 was from anonymous contributors deposited into Winson's and his joint HSBC account, RM46,792.00 collected through the talk and RM63,144.51 collected from relatives and friends.
Teck Chong also called on the anonymous contributors to provide banking slips for refund purposes to an appointed accounting firm, Corporate Tax Advisory Sdn Bhd, while money obtained from the talk will be converted into bursaries for needy students of Pay Fong Middle School.
He said the donations made by Winson's relatives and friends would be handled according to their wishes.
Winson's story came to light earlier this year when local dailies reported his inspiring tales of serving in war-torn countries.
But when discrepancies in his educational background were revealed, there was a public outcry.
According to earlier reports, he claimed to have graduated from the Peking University Health Science Centre, Royal College of Surgeons of England and King's College London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Apparently, none of the schools had acknowledged him as their former student.
Winson later admitted that he actually studied at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine for three years and is currently on an "internship".