IPOH: The Perak Council for Religious Affairs and Malay Customs has set up a humanitarian fund under the patronage of Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to help war victims in Iraq.
The idea of setting up the fund was mooted by Raja Muda Raja Nazrin Shah, who is chairman of the council.
Raja Nazrin chaired the council meeting on Thursday when a resolution to set up the fund managed by state financial officer Datuk Samsul Baharin Hassan was passed.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali told reporters the state would start the ball rolling with a RM100,000 contribution.
He said a one-day collection would be made at all mosques and surau throughout the state on April 14.
State executive councillors, including me and Umno state elected representatives, will make personal contributions.
The decision to set up the fund reflects our concerns over the suffering of Iraqis especially the elderly, women and children due to war in their country, he said.
He said the donations would be presented to Sultan Azlan Shah who would decide which organisations receive the money on behalf of Iraqis to buy medicine and food, he said.
Tajol Rosli added that other races and places of worship such as temples and churches were welcome to contribute.
Cheques can be made out to Tabung Iraq, c/o Pejabat Kewangan Negeri, Aras 1, Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Tajol Rosli said that several resolutions pertaining to war in Iraq were passed during the meeting.
Among them was a call for people not to be emotional over the war and resort to unnecessary action that might create chaos.
Another resolution was to advise Muslims not to vent anger on people of other religions and foreigners, especially those from the United States.
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