Published: Tuesday November 20, 2012 MYT 7:06:00 PM
Malaysia launches Gaza emergency fund
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday called on Malaysians to continue to provide aid in various forms to the people of Gaza, Palestine who are being oppressed by Israel.
Dr Mahathir, who is also president of Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), said whatever aid including food, clothing, construction materials or cash could assist the Palestinians to continue to live and receive better protection.
"Malaysia has several bodies that are providing aid to Gaza. Today we launch a fund. The proceeds will be distributed to several NGOs (non-governmental organisations) which have distribution networks in Gaza, that we (PGPF) don't.
“So, we are willing to give to anyone that are aligned with us whether within the country or in Europe," he told reporters after launching the Gaza Emergency Fund at the Putra World Trade Centre, here.
Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali and PGPF Chairman, Tan Sri Norian Mai.
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Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien has come out in full support of PGPF's Gaza Emergency Fund launched by Tun Dr M yesterday.
More than 1.1million members of the Home Ministry's Peace Squad (Skuad Keamanan 1KDN) have also been activated to spread the message of peace while seeking contributions for Malaysia's Emergency Fund for Gaza.
Certainly we could expect others to follow suit, but hopefully politicians and some irresponsible people out there don't start new funds or tabung for Gaza here and there.
Remember the fund is for those suffering in Gaza and not for your own political mileage.
p/s In an environment where religion is being abused for politics, without any sense of shame or guilt, don't be surprised if 'political' Gaza funds start mushrooming at every gathering.