KUALA LUMPUR: Out of compassion and concern for a fellow journalist and as a show of solidarity in the profession, two press groups have joined forces to raise funds from friends for cancer patient Farid Jamaluddin.
The Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) and National Press Club (NPC), in collaboration with The Star, launched the Farid Jamaluddin Fund to garner financial aid for the former journalist who had previously worked with the paper as well as with the national news agency, Bernama.
We plead with all those who know Farid to come forward to help him.
This is not a public fund-raising. We are going to write to newspaper organisations, corporations, politicians and ministers who know Farid to appeal for funds, MPI chairman Datuk Ahmad A. Talib told a press conference here yesterday.
Among those present were MPI governing council member Hafifi Hafidz, NPC president Ahirudin Attan and The Star deputy group chief editor (I) Michael Aeria.
Farid, 49, was diagnosed with lung cancer last December and is now being treated at the Damansara Specialist Hospital.
He had spent over RM100,000, including his own Employment Provident Fund savings, battling the illness.
Farid will undergo further chemotherapy sessions which will require about RM20,000 per month, said Ahmad.
Golden Hope Plantations Bhd started the ball rolling with a donation of RM5,000 to the fund.
Its Public Affairs and Communications Department deputy general manager Mohd Ashraf Abdullah said, Many in our company know how the healthy Farid looked like.
They were moved when they saw his picture in The Star on Wednesday.
Aeria said staff of The Star was also making a collection for Farid but, he added: That definitely is not enough.
We are also concerned about his family: his wife and children, said Aeria.
Donors can send crossed cheques made payable to Malaysian Press Institute with the name Farid Jamaluddin written at the back to the MPIs Bumiputera Commerce Bank account: 1407-0497928-05-9.
Alternatively, donors can call MPI (03-7724 1270), NPC (019-226 8978) or The Star News Desk (03-7967 1357).
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