1.5 million and counting


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

By FARIDAH BEGUM

PRECIOUS SUPPORT...Abdul Wahab ABdul Rashid, vice president of the Peace Malaysia movement, and other Malaysians showing the sign of peace and holdign up the signatures collected from Malaysians.

KUALA LUMPUR: The One Million Signature Campaign for Peace has collected more than 1.5 million signatures, with close to another million not handed over to the People’s Alliance for Peace Malaysia (Peace Malaysia) secretariat yet. 

Despite an extended deadline to Feb 20, the Belia 4B Movement, a main component group under Peace Malaysia entrusted with the signature campaign, was still deluged with calls over signatures that have not been sent in. 

“We are overwhelmed with the response. As it is, the 1,561,462 signatures that have been recorded are only of those that have been bound,” Abdul Wahab Abdul Rashid, vice-president of the movement, said at a press conference at the movement’s premises here. 

To date, the movement has 130 volumes (which contains 10,000 signatures each), containing 1.3 million signatures ready to be transported in two four-wheel drives vehicle to the National Stadium on Sunday to be presented to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the peace rally organised by Peace Malaysia. 

The movement’s president Datuk Seri Mohamed Ali Rustam, who is also the Malacca Chief Minister, will present the signatures to Dr Mahathir. 

The National MCA Youth Movement also handed over its third collection of 51,128 signatures during the press conference, bringing their collection for the six weeks of the campaign to 130,000 signatures. 

Handing over the signatures was MCA Youth International Affairs Bureau chairman and National MCA Youth exco member Fam Lee Ee. 

Fam said members from all divisions had been actively collecting the signatures, especially during the Chinese New Year festival. 

Other groups which also handed over their signature collections were the Sabah Umno Youth with 48,328 signatures; the Universiti Sains Malaysia with 7,216 signatures; and the Sabah Youth and Cultural Ministry with 25,138 signatures. 

Abdul Wahab said the movement would continue to collect signatures past the deadline and after the peace rally. 

“We are in the midst of discussing if the campaign should be collected until the Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit here in October. I am sure we will be able to collect up to four million and more,” he said. 

Abdul Wahab said the movement would urge the Government to consider making the collection of signatures a national heritage and be kept in the archives. 

In Kuala Terengganu, more than 10,000 people representing 12 non-governmental organisations and political parties attended a Peace Malaysia rally at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Sulaiman I here yesterday, MUSTAFA KAMAL BASRI reports. 

The gathering was officiated by state Umno deputy liaison committee chairman Datuk Idris Jusoh, who said the gathering was held to show Malaysians' support for global peace. 

Among the organisations which attended the peace rally were Umno, MCA, MIC, Puteri Umno, GPMS and the Terengganu Buddhist Association.  

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