MALAYSIA TO HELP TACKLE FOOD CRI­SIS

PM, through KP1M, do­nates RM444,800 to kick­start fund

New Straits Times - - News -

C. PREMANANTHINI KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

KE­LAB Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) has launched the So­ma­lia Emer­gency Ap­peal Fund in an ef­fort to help So­ma­lians in dire need of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, fol­low­ing the coun­try’s pro- longed drought since 2014.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, through KP1M, do­nated US$100,000 (RM444,800) to kick­start the fund.

KP1M pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azeez Ab­dul Rahim pre­sented the mock cheque to So­ma­lian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­hamed Omar Arteh in a cer­e­mony wit­nessed by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

Present were So­ma­lian Am­bas­sador to Malaysia Abukar Abdi Os­man, Malaysia Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil of Is­lamic Or­gan­i­sa­tion pres­i­dent Mohd Azmi Ab­dul Hamid, New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Hamid and Berita Har­ian group ed­i­tor Datuk Mah­far Ali.

Mo­hamed Omar, who is on a work­ing visit here from March 9 to to­day, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the help.

It was re­ported that Malaysia would be chan­nelling hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, such as food and medicine, to So­ma­lia through non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Malaysia was also pre­pared to co­op­er­ate with the United Na­tions’ World Food Pro­gramme in help­ing So­ma­lia deal with its food cri­sis. It was also re­ported that Malaysia would con­sider pro­vid­ing mi­cro-credit as­sis­tance to the hard­core poor in So­ma­lia.

PIC BY MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA

So­ma­lian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­hamed Omar Arteh (cen­tre) ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude for Malaysia’s as­sis­tance in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With him are Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (seated, third from right), KP1M pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azeez Ab­dul Rahim (seated, sec­ond from left), New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Hamid (seated left) and other of­fi­cials.

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