UUM ONLINE: Alor Setar – Deeply concerned by the grave plight of the persecuted Rohingya community in Myanmar, UUM, in collaboration with the Kedah State Government and the Utusan Group, organised the UUM-Utusan International Rohingya Mission and initiated a fundraising drive at Tesco, Mergong branch, recently.
The launching of the UUM-Utusan International Rohingya Mission was officiated by the Kedah State Executive Council member, the Honourable Dato' Norsabrina Mohd Noor, on behalf of the Menteri Besar of Kedah, the Right Honourable Dato' Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
Delivering the text of the Menteri Besar’s speech, the Honourable Dato' Norsabrina said that the Malaysian government was deeply concerned and took a serious view of the suffering that the Rohingya Muslim community had to endure. She said that the sentiment was evident in not only the speeches but also the actions of our national leaders.
She added that it was everyone’s bounden duty to support any initiative taken to alleviate the hardship and misery of the hapless Rohingya community in Myanmar.
"As announced by the Prime Minister, a total of MYR10 million has been contributed towards the construction of infrastructure, such as educational and medical institutions, and developing and improving the quality of life in Rakhine,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of UUM, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, said that the enthusiastic readiness of the departments and student associations under UUM COLGIS, as well as the departments under the Kedah State Government, to ensure the success of this programme was certainly a positive indication of the feeling of fraternity and humanity that the people of Kedah had for the members of the oppressed Rohingya community.
"Also, Malaysia took a firm stand when the Right Honourable Prime Minister himself said, in essence, that he would rather run the risk of offending the Myanmar military junta than continue to witness the gruesome atrocities suffered by the members of the defenceless Rohingya community," he said.
A total of eight mobile donation boxes will be placed at selected locations, including locations on the UUM campus, to fulfil the objective of the Utusan Rohingya Fund.
Also present at the event were the Kedah State EXCO, the Honourable Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong; Deputy Chief Editor of Utusan Melayu Group (Malaysia) Berhad, Datuk Othman Mohamad; senior officials of UUM and Utusan; and UUM students and students from the Alor Setar branch of the Baitul Rahmah Education Centre for Rohingya Children.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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