Syed Hamid: Need to disburse aid to Iraq fast


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Apr 2003

BY FARIDAH BEGUM

PUTRAJAYA: Contributions to the Iraqi People’s Humanitarian Fund will be used without delay to purchase medicine and medical equipment for war-torn Iraq. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said medical aid was vital and should be disbursed as soon as possible “as the need is urgent and it should not be delayed.” 

He added that a projection of how much medicine and equipment were needed in Iraq had been carried out and the ministry would look into ways to channel the funds. 

“The equipment and medicine can be channelled through the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy) or the Red Crescent Society or any other international humanitarian aid body,” he told reporters after receiving RM500,000 in donations from corporate bodies at his ministry here yesterday 

Syed Hamid urged the many organisations which had collected funds to hand over the money to the Foreign Ministry so that the contributions could be used “for essentials that the Iraqis are sadly lacking in.” 

CARING SOCIETY: Syed Hamid, with chief secretary Datuk Ahmad Fuzi Razak (left), looking at the mock cheque of Jawala Corporation Sdn Bhd's managing director Datuk Jema Khan at Wisma Putra Tuesday. The donations were from corporate bodies for the Iraqi People's Humanitarian Fund. - Bernamapic

“I hope the organisations will come forward and hand over the funds to us. We have to be quick in disbursing the funds for humanitarian aid as the Iraqis need assistance urgently,” he said. 

The contributors yesterday included Jawala Corporation Sdn Bhd (RM100,000), Mines Resort City (RM100,000), Telekom Malaysia Bhd (RM100,000), Landmarks Engineering and Development Sdn Bhd (RM30,000), LCL Furniture Sdn Bhd (RM30,000), Putrajaya Holdings (RM25,000), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (RM20,000), ARL Sdn Bhd (RM20,000), DMIB Bhd (RM10,000), Riger Travel and Tours (M) Sdn Bhd (RM10,000), Felda Air Tawar (RM2,000) and the staff of the Foreign Ministry (RM53,159.12). 

Telekom Malaysia Bhd had earlier contributed RM156,000 in the form of telecommunication equipment for the use of Joint Media Team Malaysia together with a staff for technical support.  

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