Rock Queen Ella now a humanitarian mission icon







Helping hands: Ella (right) with husband Kpt Azhar (left) after the press conference on the relief mission in Kuala Lumpur.

Helping hands: Ella (right) with husband Kpt Azhar (left) after the press conference on the relief mission in Kuala Lumpur.

Compiled by SIRA HABIBU, OH ING YEEN and R. ARAVINTHAN 

MALAYSIA’S rock queen Ella is now a humanitarian mission icon, reported Kosmo.

Ella said she was driven to help refugees after watching a video of a young Syrian child shivering due to the snow.

“My heart crushed upon seeing the video. I quickly sent all my winter clothing there,” she was quoted as saying by the tabloid.

Ella, 53, whose real name is Nor Zila Aminuddin, said she could not imagine the extent of the child’s suffering.

“Since then, I was determined to meet these refugees,” she said.

Ella and her husband Kpt Azhar Ghazali, 38, were appointed icons of Kedamaian Kemanu­siaan Bhd, which was raising funds under the #1follower1ringgit collection scheme in aid of Palestine and Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The couple will be in Lebanon from April 26 to 30 to meet the refugees.

Ella hoped to record the mission on video and share it with the public to raise awareness on the humanitarian crisis.

 

> About 40% of fire engines worth RM165mil, bought via direct negotiation with a politically associated Selangor-based company, had been found to be faulty, reported Harian Metro.

Of the 242 tenders worth RM420mil awarded in 2007, 2010 and 2014, a total of 97 fire engines had faulty drive shaft and power take-off system.

The tabloid quoted sources as saying that the faulty fire engines could not be repaired because the Housing and Local Government Ministry had slashed the Fire and Rescue Department’s maintenance budget.

Former director-general Datuk Dr Soh Chai Hock called on the authorities not to cut the maintenance budget.

He said rescue operations could turn fatal if the fire engines were not properly maintained.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.