VARIOUS relief initiatives have been launched to ease the burden of groups impacted by Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO).
One such initiative is the #FrontlinersFirst project by Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR) that support the Health Ministry (MoH) staff with urgent childcare requirements.
Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) president and POWR coordinator Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said there are very few alternatives in childcare services as it must be licensed.
“At the same time, these groups also run the risk of exacerbating the spread of Covid-19,” he said in a statement recently.
According to him, POWR aims to raise funds to support at least 50% of the childcare costs, collaborating with childcare service platform KiddoCare who are reducing their rates for MoH frontliners.
“There may also, as of yet, still be insufficient measures in place to ensure the livelihoods of small-time traders whose businesses will be nearly shut down completely by the MCO.
“Many such Malaysians depends on extremely small incomes, and will not have the financial means necessary to provide for their families over a long period of business shutdowns,” he added.
As such, he called for the government to redirect resources from political leaders to frontliners and vulnerable groups including low-income earners, the elderly, the homeless, migrant workers, and refugees.
Muhammad Faisal suggested that the government could emulate the move undertaken by the Singapore government where its ministers and holders of political office will be taking pay cuts while giving bonuses to government servants in the front lines combating the virus.
“The latest Cabinet is significantly larger than the previous ones, and the additional salaries for ministers, deputy ministers, political secretaries and all the various attendant staff are all extremely high.
“Thus, sufficient measures must be taken immediately as Malaysian frontliners are facing massive burdens,” he added.
Meanwhile, prominent food bank The Lost Food Project (TLFP) GM Mohd Syazwan Mokhtar said that although TLFP is still operating its food distribution services, they are in middle of looking at ways to continue providing sustenance to its most critical charities due to the Covid- 19 crisis.
“Although ‘feeding the hungry, not the landfill’ is our mantra, we look at this critical time to focus on providing food for the needy first particularly when food source becomes scarce, especially for the B40 group,” Mohd Syazwan said in a statement last Friday.
He mentioned that TLFP is looking at ways to collaborate with food delivery service to provide cooked meals to some of its charities.
“A platform will also be launched soon to allow people to contribute as these meals will incur some cost for preparation,” he said.
Mohd Syazwan stressed that all of the efforts will be conducted within the MCO guidelines and TLFP is tailoring its operational procedures to suit health and safety standards during this time.
“Beyond this crisis, TLFP is determined to continue and grow our operations, work with more partners and stakeholders to ensure that we are able to provide to more underprivileged communities,” he added.
Separately, MoH DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) is encouraging the spirit of helping among Malaysians when he tweeted that the nation should protect the elderly and those with medical conditions.
“Help them so as they don’t need to leave home and teach them to protect themselves,” he said on his Twitter account last Friday. Sources: The Malaysian Reserve.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and People’s Vision Project (PoWR) today launched a special fund to facilitate journalists in carrying out their duties during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The project aimed at raising donations to cover the cost of certain items such as face masks, disinfectant and other necessities to be given free of charge to journalists.
“The project is a sign of solidarity among Malaysians to appreciate the sacrifice of journalists on duty who face uncertain risks in order to provide fast and accurate reports to the people.
“The struggles of journalists should not be overlooked especially in ensuring that they are always healthy and safe while carrying out their duties,” said the organisations in a joint statement here today.
It said individuals and organisations wanting to help could channel their contributions to the Public Bank account number 3077428903 (National Union of Journalists Malaya). — Bernama
KAJANG: A group of young Muslims led by Abim, the Muslim youth movement, organised a silent protest tonight outside a convention centre where a “Beautiful Xinjang” cultural show was being held, to show support for the Uighur minority there.
Abim vice-president Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Samsudin urged the government to speak out consistently against the injustices committed against the ethnic Uighur minority in Xinjang province. He said Abim also urged all Malaysians to boycott events organised by the Chinese government.
The protest was held at the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre here, tightly guarded by police.
Also present were representatives of PAS, the Global Peace Mission and the Muslims for Uighur organisation.
The Chinese government has been accused of oppressing the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang, who are Muslim, and of forcing them into vocational training camps for “political education”. The special rapporteur of the United Nations has said that as many as a million or 7% of Muslims in Xinjiang are been sent to the camp.
Nazir Hilmi, leader of PAS Youth in Bangi, said thousands would hold large-scale protest demonstrations against the Xinjang cultural shows if it was held across the country.
He urged the government to make clear that it did not agree with the Chinese action against the Uighur. Although the government wished to maintain good relations with China, that did not mean the government should not take a stand on the treatment of the Uighur.
BANGI: Students at a “muhibbah” camp here have urged political leaders not to destroy the nation’s harmony, saying they did not want Malaysians to be mired in racial and religious rhetoric.
Aden Tan Shen Yeh, 17, said that Malaysians, after 62 years of independence, should learn to accept and respect the diversity of the country as that formed the nation’s identity in the eyes of the world.
“Malaysia is composed of people of various religions and races, so no one should be labelled with terms that carry certain perceptions. To me, this has been our biggest problem since independence. I really hope that, in the future, Malaysians can handle this problem and become better citizens,” he told FMT.
Tan was a participant of the 2019 Muhibbah Camp held in Sungai Ramal.
A student at a private school, he admitted feeling awkward and nervous when socialising with peers of a different race and religion, adding that he worried he would not be accepted by them.
“I voluntarily got involved in this Muhibbah Camp. Here, I learnt a few words in Jawi, Arab and Tamil. It’s an interesting experience for me because I am out of my comfort zone.”
He said he would not want to see a repeat of the riots of May 13, 1969; it was enough for that dark time to remain as part of the nation’s history and as a lesson for the young generation.
Another participant, Hanis Naqeebah Hasri, 15, said national leaders should serve the country for the benefit of all, and not just champion the rights of one race.
Hanis, a student at a religious school, told FMT that political leaders should not fight among themselves nor raise sensitive issues.
“We live in the same land, we sing the same Negaraku, so work for all Malaysians.
“I never had Chinese or Indian friends. It’s fun for me here because I get to exchange knowledge and share experiences with my other friends. I’m still new in getting to know the other Malaysian communities,” he said.
Hanis’s views were echoed by Vijay Rajah, 16, a student at a vocational college in Perak, who said Malaysia would be “lonely” if it was only inhabited by one race.
“My parents themselves agreed with my wish to join this camp, to mix with friends from other races and religions. I don’t want Malaysians to fight; be friendly, take care of the country’s peace.”
At a separate function today, Federal Territories minister Khalid Samad and deputy minister for Women, Family and Community Development Hannah Yeoh disputed claims about increasing racial and religious tensions under the Pakatan Harapan government
They said the claims were mere opposition ploys to create discord, with Yeoh adding that talk about racial tensions was overstated and “very exaggerated”.
The Muhibbah Camp was organised by Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) and the Chinese educationist group Dong Zong, two organisations who have often spoken out about issues related to the Malay and Chinese communities.
The three-day camp involves about 80 students from schools around the Klang Valley and is the first to be jointly organised by the two organisations.
Dong Zong committee member Low Chee Chong said national unity should not continue to be perceived as an abstract concept, but should require action to preserve Malaysia’s unique character.
“It gives a chance to the young generation to enjoy our cultural diversity and also to have an awareness to get rid of the mindset of stereotypes and discrimination based on race.
“United we stand, divided we fall,” he added.
Selangor state executive councillor Ng Sze Han said the lack of interaction between people of different races, because of community environment, had led to an increase in distrust among one another.
“An example is the controversy about Jawi calligraphy. This issue has two very different perspectives. For the Malay community, they see that there’s no harm in learning it. For the non-Malay community, however, they assume that Jawi writing is part of an Islamisation process.
“This issue arose because there’s no trust between people of different races — one of the greatest challenges in the new Malaysia. So this camp is very important to prepare a platform for the young generation to have a tolerant attitude,” he said. (Free Malaysia Today)
GREEN COMMITMENTS: ABIM’S PRINCIPLES FOR GREEN POLICY AND ECO-FRIENDLY EVENTS
#SDG 8, #SDG12, #SDG 13, #SDG 14, SDG 15
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”
As a translation of our love to all living beings, and in fulfilling our trust as the Caliph of God to preserve the nature, any actions that we undertake must be sustainable in nature.
1) Setting a goal to achieve Zero Waste by adopting the 6 R culture to:-
a- Rethink (thinking the effect of usage of things to the environment)
b- Refuse (refusing to use products which are not suitable & sustainable)
c- Reduce (cutting back on the amount of trash we make)
d- Reuse/repair (finding a new way to use trash so that we don't have to throw it out/fix items if they are torn or broken)
e- Recycle (using trash to remake new goods that can be sold again)
f- Replace/rebuy (replacing items with new, green products)
2) Always saving energy, water and other resources in organizing programs and for the operations of ABIM offices.
3) Reducing the emissions of carbon monoxide, smoke, toxins by sharing vehicles & using public transports during organisation of ABIM’s events.
4) Giving priority to biodegradable materials and reducing the use of non-ecological friendly materials such as plastics, straws, polystyrene and others in all activities organized by ABIM and in daily operations of ABIM Secretariat.
5) Partnership with eco-friendly suppliers and giving priority to environmentally friendly products recognized by accredited bodies.
These Green Commitments and principles for green policy and eco-friendly events apply to all members in organizing activities or programs of ABIM and to all institutions and agencies owned by ABIM.
By:- Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, President Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM)
Utmost gratitude extended to the United Nations for receiving the courtesy call from Abim Pusat & Malaysian CSOs on this very special day of International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian People. The main objective of the visit is to present a Memorandum on behalf of the Malaysian people to the UN to support the initiative by the UN to keep peace and stability in Palestine. At the same time, we want to refresh our stance to be consistent in supporting the Palestinian cause in liberating their homeland. Besides, given the never-ending situation of violence in Palestine, we would like to call upon the UN on behalf of all international communities to uphold the cause of Palestinian people by
1) Enforcing UNSC Resolution 2334 adopted on 23rd December 2016
2) The OTP of ICC requesting authorization from the ICC pre trial chamber for its office to initiate an investigation into the alleged crimes of Israel againts Palestine in accordance with Article 15 (1) Rome Statute.
3) Taking more assertive actions by executing the Resolutions reached un the UNGA though the status of Resolutions are non binding and recommendatory in nature.
4) Defending the rights of the aggrieved Palestinians especially their rights to worship freely in Al-Aqsa mosque without any interference by the Israeli regime, and to preserve the important sites of Al-Aqsa without any irresponsible destruction by the Zionists.
5) Empowering humanitarian missions by facilitating humanitarian agencies under United Nations and humanitarian NGOs such as Global Peace Mission Malaysia (GPM) to hand aids to fulfill the basic needs of the Palestinians.
Last but not least Abim hope to keep engaging with the UN in sharing the same spirit to maintain justice, freedom and peace in this world.
In conjuntion with the visit ABIM presents an olive tree to the UN office in Malaysia as a symbol of trust to the UN to always preserve freedom, justice and fundamental liberties in #Palestine.