PETALING JAYA: The first project to be undertaken by the newly formed Institut Onn Jaafar is a trip to Gaza to allow Malaysians to see for themselves the suffering of the people there.
“Our entourage will be made up of people from all walks of life as well as representatives from non-governmental organisations,” said IOJ chief executive officer Charles Mohan.
He said the trip is expected to take place within the next few months.
“There are many aspects that we have to take into consideration such as the safety and comfort of the participants, so the trip will take some time to organise.”
According to him, IOJ, which is the brainchild of its founder and patron Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, was set up to carry out activities for multi-racial Malaysia.
Hishammuddin’s dream is for IOJ to uphold the principles propagated by his late grandfather Datuk Onn Jaafar, the founder of Umno, said Mohan.
“He recognises the need to have a platform for community development and integration.
“It is in line with the 1Malaysia philosophy whereby all Malaysians, regardless of race and religion, can come together as one entity,” Mohan added.
Hishammuddin will launch the institute today at Avenue K Jalan Ampang here.
He said IOJ aimed to become the leading NGO in Malaysia to help the poor and vulnerable.
“We will identify target groups and areas throughout Malaysia and render the necessary help to create socially and economically empowered communities,” he said.