MALACCA - A rags-to-riches spiritual healer from Kesang Pajak here has decided to give back to society - by rewarding five top scorers who excelled in the UPSR and PMR examinations.
Millionaire spiritual healer Dr K.M. Thinageswar Sivaachaariyar, who was a PMR dropout, handed over five laptops, cash and other computer gadgets to the five, all from Seremban.
The high achievers - who did well in this year's UPSR and the 2012 PMR - from the lower-income bracket were presented with laptops uploaded with educational materials during a luncheon held at a restaurant along Jalan Hang Jebat here.
One of the recipients, Cassidy Tay, 12, from SRJK (C) Bukit Beruang who scored 7A's, said the gift was "the most precious Christmas gift".
"I never thought I'd get an expensive gift for my efforts," she said.
Cassidy said she and her friend Ching Hui Yee, also 12, were surprised to see a big crowd at the restaurant.
R. A. Saravana, 42, from Ayer Keroh was emotional when his 12-year-old daughter Nhirmaya Radha received the laptop.
"I know many spiritual healers but Thinageswar is a big-hearted benefactor. He even has plans to set up a fund to aid high achievers under the name of the Sri Pratiyangaraa Sakthy Beedam temple," he said.
Thinageswar said he wanted to support high-achievers from poor families.
"I did not do well in my formal studies due to poverty but I am now all out to support those who need education aid," he added.
The 29-year-old bachelor was recognised by Colombo Spiritual Practitioners in Sri Lanka when he performed open-heart surgery using the ancient Ayurvedic method before hundreds of people in 2011.