Thursday, 15 January 2009

Brunei sets up fund for Palestinians

Brunei Darussalam has set up a humanitarian fund for Palestine beginning yesterday (Jan 14) amid Israel's atrocities in Gaza being unleashed since Dec 27, which has claimed over 1,000 lives, mostly women and children, with over 4,500 wounded and thousands left homeless.

This was revealed yesterday at the national committee meeting of the Palestinian Humanitarian Fund.

The cash donation drive will last for three months until April 13, and the public can donate through various channels such as short message service (SMS), donation boxes at mosques and suraus, banks, shopping complexes and public buildings including government buildings throughout the country. The long duration is to enable organisers to carry out charity and welfare activities.

The public can also go directly to the secretariat of the Palestine Humanitarian Fund located on the 2nd floor, Administration and Finance, Community Service Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The donations will be handed over to international organisations. It is hoped the initiative could lessen the burden of the Palestinians.

Present at the meeting yesterday were the joint advisors of the fund, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Awg Hj Ahmad, and Minister of Religious Affairs, Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Hj Awg Mohd Zain.

The committee for the fund was jointly chaired by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and comprise members from government and non-government agencies.

During the meeting, it was highlighted that as a form of information dissemination, circulars will be distributed to various government ministries and departments through the Prime Minister's Office and through promotion in the electronic and print media.

The committee will only receive cash donations, as it is easy to channel it faster to the victims.

The Israel bombardment of Gaza, which is populated by 1.5 million people, has entered the 19th day killing hundreds of innocent civilians, damaging buildings and cutting water and power supply. The Palestinians are in dire need of food, clean water, medicines and temporary shelters.

By Azlan Othman via Borneo Bulletin

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