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Al-Marhum Al-Hafiz Dr Fadi M.R. AlBatsh (24/6/1983–21/4/2018)

We in Viva Palestine Malaysia (VPM) and Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) have known al-Hafiz Dr Fadi since he began his PhD studies in University Malaya in 2011.

He is undoubtedly an academic scholar of distinction, a genius really. He won the Ivy League, Yayasan Khazanah-VPM scholarship for his PhD studies in 2013. Three years later in August 2016, he received both the Special Mention Award and High Achiever Award, at the Yaysan Khazanah Scholarship, 10th Anniversary, presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is apart from the many other honours and prizes for his scholastic excellence.

And within a year of working as a senior electrical engineering lecturer in UNIKL, he won a research grant from the Malaysian government and was supervising 3 postgraduate engineering students. His work and research in electrical engineering and power electronics have been widely published in the top tier engineering journals.

He has memorized the Quran since childhood and is distinguished among the few who holds the Sanad Riwayat Shu’bah and Hafs from Aasim. He has taught the recitation rules of the Holy Quran with Tajweed for the past 13 years.

He has led Terawih prayers in Palestine for 6 years and in Malaysia for the past 5 years. He was awarded first place in the Sixth International Postgraduate Al-Quran Competition, Malaysia, 2015. His Quranic prowess has been duly recognized world wide and in Malaysia he holds the “Tauliah Mengajar & Berceramah” Wilayah Persekutuan.”

Despite his brilliance and multiple achievements, Fadi remained a very humble person, soft spoken, thoughtful and contemplative. He has always led our Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) & Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM) annual Terawih prayer for the past few years. He has been very active in various platforms, including VPM, Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) and Palestinian Students Organisations in Malaysia to advance the cause for justice and peace for Palestine.

His wife, Enas F. has similarly obtained her Masters in Islamic Studies from University Malaya and they are blessed with 3 children, Doaa Fadi, Aseel Fadi and Muhammad Fadi.

It has been a short 35 years, with a tragic demise but an unequivocally blessed life in the service of Allah and His Deen. May he be blessed bountifully with His Highest Gardens of Paradise in Jannatul Firdaus. And may Allah confer patience and forbearance to his family and the Palestinian community upon this great loss of their Palestinian son.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Chairman, Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM)

Tuan Haji Yuzaidi Yusoff
Chairman, Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

Yayasan Khazanah Scholarship Special Mention & High Achiever Awards, August 2016

With Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri

Carefugees - Feed a Family Campaign 2018 - Sponsor a food basket today!

Adopt a Hafiz in Gaza (Report)

Ramadhan Workshop 2018

Giro D’Italia (Kenyataan Akhbar)

*Kenyataan Akhbar Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia*

7 Mac 20181.      Satu perlumbaan basikal termasyur Giro D’Italia dibawah naungan pertubuhan berbasikal antarabangsa Union Cycliste Internasionale (UCI) akan bermula di Jerusalem pada 4 Mei 2018.

2. Kerajaan Israel telah membayar sejumlah wang yang lumayan kepada pengelola perlumbaan ini untuk memastikan ia bermula dari Jerusalem.  Ini merupakan propaganda Israel untuk meyakinkan  dunia bahawa Jerusalem adalah ibukota Israel.
3.      Tindakan ini bertentangan dengan undang-undang antarabangsa termasuk resolusi 21 Disember 2017 Perhimpunan Agung PBB ES-10/L.22 yang mengecam  pengumuman Presiden Donald Trump yang mengiktiraf Jerusalem sebagai ibu negara Israel. Malaysia termasuk negara yang membantah keras pengumuman Trump ini.
4. Peringkat pertama melalui Wilayah Jerusalem mengiktiraf penguasaan haram Israel ke atas kota itu. Sementara laluan  ketiga di Wilayah Negev, Selatan Israel mengaburi mata dunia terhadap penindasan Israel ke atas komuniti Arab Badwi di kawasan tersebut sejak 1948.
5.      Selain dari kerajaan dan Majlis Perbandaran Israel, Giro d’Italia juga menerima tajaan daripada syarikat-syarikat Israel yang turut melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa kerana beroperasi di wilayah Palestin yang dijajah.
6.     Israel menyalah guna Giro d’Italia sebagai acara global meraikan ulangtahun ke-70 penubuhan Israel. Walhal Mei 1948 merupakan malapetaka (an-Nakbah)  sejarah dunia apabila 700,000 rakyat Arab Palestin diusir dan 450 kampung mereka dibakar demi mengujudkan negara Israel.
7.     BDS Malaysia amat kecewa dengan tindakan wakil Malaysia dan Asia ke UCI, Dato’ Amarjit Singh Gill yang enggan memaklumkan UCI bahawa tindakan mereka adalah bertentangan dengan undang-undang antarabangsa dan tidak menggesa UCI untuk menukar keputusannya.
8.     BDS Malaysia mengesa Dato’ Amarjit Singh Gill mengkaji semula pendirian beliau demi untuk memelihara keadilan, kebebasan dan kesaksamaan di Palestin.
8.      BDS Malaysia menyeru kerajaan Malaysia yang peka dengan penderitaan rakyat Palestin supaya mengarah Dato Amarjit Singh Gill untuk bertindak sejajar dengan hasrat negara yang  berjuang untuk pembebasan Palestin dari cengkaman Israel.Prof Mohd Nazari Ismail
Pengerusi
BDS Malaysia

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM): Call to all Political Parties to Commit to Inclusive National Unity

7 February 2018

 

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM):  Call to all Political Parties to Commit to Inclusive National Unity

 

Introduction

We are a coalition of NGOs comprising various ethnic, religious, lingual, profession and socio-economic backgrounds from all states of Malaysia. Our diversity is our strength that allows us to work together on a common platform for a “Better Malaysia”, a place we all call home.

The history of GBM echoes the birth of our country and its quest for sovereignty when our past leaders successfully won independence by struggling as one united nation against British colonial rule.

However, GBM is saddened by the withering of this spirit of togetherness and muhibbah as exemplified by our forefathers.  In recent times, our national public space has been defiled with racial and religious hate speeches, with hardly any censure from the authorities and if left unchecked, threatens our national unity and social cohesion.

This is expected to deteriorate with the upcoming 14th General Elections (GE14). The run up to GE14 is already suggesting that the 2018 polls will be the most hostile ever.

It is with this concern that we call upon all political parties:

  • to cease all forms of gutter politics which abuses race and religion and incites bigotry, hatred and discord
  • to reject all forms of fear politics which instigate anxiety, insecurity, distrust and animosity
  • to reject all forms of corrupt practices; including vote buying and phantom voting

There is a myriad of national issues which begs immediate attention and prompt solutions. GBM calls upon all political parties to address these national issues in their election manifesto.  The pivotal aim of these socio-economic and political deliberations is the pursuit of authentic national unity inclusive of all Malaysians as enshrined in the Rukun Negara. To achieve this much cherished goal, GBM opines that the following policy considerations are crucial:

  • To review the blueprint of action for national unity
  • To table the National Harmony Act to Parliament
  • To form a National Unity Committee at Ministerial level to oversee the implementation of national unity programs nationwide
  • To establish an independent National Unity Fund to enable the funding of projects promoting and protecting national unity, racial and religious understanding
  • To revise school and university curriculum and co-curriculum to integrate activities and programs that foster the spirit of national unity and early bonding of children of different ethnicities and religions.
  • To establish an independent Equality Commission which deals with complaints of discrimination, with the power to mediate disputes, mete out disciplinary actions and provide recommendations to the government.
  •  To commission an independent review of the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) to ensures its operation is transparent, accountable and in harmony with the objective of promoting national unity and racial harmony.
  •  To ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and undertake an action plan to implement its recommendations.

Notwithstanding the political contestations in GE14, we invite all our fellow Malaysians to come together in mutual respect and love and to embrace and celebrate the diversity of our ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, gender, lifestyle and political persuasions.

Let us stand hand in hand, in racial and religious harmony, bonded by national unity. Let us embody the eternal values of justice, equity, mutual benefit, brotherhood and dignity of humanity.

With this at our core, we can together build a “Better Malaysia”.

Issued by:

Zaid Kamaruddin,

Chair, Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

on behalf of the Executive Council of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

Reflections on #SaveRohingya Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh by Dr. Musa Mohd Nordin

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#IAmHadiza (Press Release)

Press Release
4 Feb 2018
ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (IMAM)
#IAmHadiza
The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) views with utmost concern and consternation over the improprieties in the case involving a colleague doctor and trainee paediatrician, Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba in the current UK medico-legal debacle.
A UK jury on 4 Nov 2015, after 25 hours deliberation, convicted her of “gross negligence manslaughter” for the avoidable death of a six year old Down’s Syndrome child.
And apparently it seems, to restore public confidence in the medical profession, the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK recently, permanently struck Bawa Garba off the medical register.
This gross mismanagement of Bawa Garba’s case has convulsed the medical fraternity globally and thousands have tweeted their support with #IAmHadiza.
The working conditions on that unfortunate day was exceptionally bad, which is not all that uncommon in many hospital scenarios worldwide, Malaysia included.
Bawa Garba, apart from her own clinical work had to cover the patient load of two other doctors and a third doctor, her consultant in charge who was away teaching. She was looking after six wards, spanning four floors, covering paediatric patients in two surgical wards and providing clinical consult to midwives and GP calls. And to complicate clinical decision making, the hospital IT system had broken down.
If this is not hospital chaos and clinical disaster waiting to happen, we are not sure what is!
A 14-person investigation team into this serious untoward incident did not identify any single root cause for the death. The report highlighted 23 recommendations and 79 remedial actions to be immediately undertaken by the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Bawa Garba who has an unblemished clinical record, had done work for various charitable causes and had just returned from 13 months maternity leave, has been made the scapegoat of the endemic failures of the UK National Health Service (NHS) to ensure patient safety as one of the pivotal goals of the healthcare industry.
Doctors in the UK have raised more than £275,000 to cover her legal expenses. And 1,500 Australian and New Zealand doctors have petitioned an open letter which describes the case as “gross injustice (was) an understatement”.
The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) hereby urge:
1.     all Malaysian doctors to demonstrate our solidarity for Bawa Garba by mainstreaming her appeal and innocence in social media and tweeting #IAmHadiza
2.    colleagues to contribute generously towards the cost of funding  for her expert legal counsel https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/help-dr-bawa-garba/
3.     all hospital authorities in Malaysia to ensure that the clinical ambience is optimal to protect patient safety
4.     the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) to take full cognizance of the mishandling of the case by the GMC and its potential ramifications upon our local doctors working within a highly stressed healthcare system.
Dr Jeffrey Abu Hassan
President IMAM

Joint Declaration of the International Consortium for Rohingya (ICR)

The Rohingya Muslims, who comprise 5% of the population in Burma, are the innocent victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

The UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that “the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Despite constituting a considerable percentage of the Burmese population, they are deprived of citizenship, let alone to live as Muslims and raise their children according to the rules of Islam.

They do not possess any weapons, yet they are attacked by soldiers equipped with fatal weapons employing disproportionate force.

Unfortunately, children, girls, mothers, women, the old and infirmed are not spared of this inhuman massacre.

The Rohingyas have been deprived of their basic human rights and freedom which is enshrined in the “Universal Human Rights Declaration” signed by all UN member states.

We, the participant NGOs of the Consultation Meeting co-hosted by AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Turkey), UNIW (Union of NGOs in the Muslim World) and AKFP (Al-Khidmat Foundation, Pakistan), hereby pledge to help the oppressed Rohingya people, towards ending the atrocities perpetrated by the Burmese government, racist and religious elements in the Burmese society.

We, the participants of the Rohingya Consultation Meeting hereby: 1. Urge the Burmese government to protect the human lives on their soils, whether citizens or otherwise and to accept the right of return of the Rohingya people to Burma.

2. Urge the Burmese government to allow aid and relief workers to be immediately dispatched to the areas affected by the conflict, to assume their work without fear of violence.

3. Urge the world community and its international human rights agencies to intervene urgently to protect the lives and properties of the Rohingyas in Burma and elsewhere.

4. Applaud the Bangladesh and Malaysian governments for providing much needed refuge to the Rohingya refugees and to the Turkish government for financial and humanitarian support.

5. Appeal to the government of Bangladesh to permit and facilitate humanitarian and relief NGOs to operate in Bangladesh until the crisis is stabilized or solved.

6. Request all members of the OIC to lobby for the right of return of the Rohingyas on the various international political platforms and actively support and fund the livelihood of the Rohingyas in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

7. Appeal to all international agencies of the UN, relief and humanitarian NGOs to provide humanitarian relief to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, inside the Rakhine State and elsewhere in Burma.

8. Urge the mainstream and alternative media create awareness of the massacre in Burma and the plight of the Rohingya people as a humanitarian issue and not a religious one.

9. Urge the educational institutions to undertake awareness campaigns and empower the youth to raise their voices on the Rohingya issue on social media.

10. Urge all participating NGOs to cooperate, coordinate and synergize their resources to ensure optimal outcomes to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis and continue to raise funds at the national and international level.

11. Urge all participating NGOs to strengthen their relationship with local NGOs currently working in Bangladesh and Burma.

Endorsed by member organisations of the International Consortium for Rohingya (ICR):
1) Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan (AKFP)
2) Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA)
3) Union of the NGOS of the Islamic World (UNIW)
4) Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA)
5) British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA)
6) PKPU Indonesia
7) Charity Australia International (CAI)
8) ICNA Relief Canada (IRC)
9) Islamic Aid Bangladesh (IAB)
10) Small Kindness Bangladesh (SKB)
11) Sarendeb Foundation for Relief & Development Sri Lanka (SFRD)
12) AMAL Malaysia
13) Cansuyu Turkey
14) UK Islamic Mission London (UKIM)
15) Helping Hand for Relief & Development (HHRD) USA
16) Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) Turkey
17) Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) Turkey
18) Besir Foundation Turkey
19) Deniz Feneri Turkey
20) IHH Turkey
21) Doctors Worldwide (DWW) Turkey
22) Bangladesh Doctors Forum (BDF)
23) Islamic Medical Association Lebanon (IMALB)
24) Islamic Medical Association Malaysia (IMAM)
25) Rohingya Federation of Arakan (RFA)
26) Hayrat Aid Turkey
27) Diyanet Foundation Turke

STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYAS IN MYANMAR

PRESS RELEASE BY MUSLIM PROFESSIONALS FORUM (MPF)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYAS IN MYANMAR

 

1 September 2017 / Eidul Adha 1438

 

The current genocide of the Rohingyas by Myanmarese forces has captured world attention. Civil societies around the world are outraged by the daily images of the brutal atrocities flooding mainstream and other media.

In a chilling UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report dated 3 February 2017, mass gang rape, slaughtering of babies and children, torture and inhuman treatment were detailed.

The past week has witnessed yet another wave of military crackdown on the Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state killing an estimated 3 thousand civilians. 10 thousand homes and shops were razed to the ground, creating thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Forced to flee their homes for the nearest country, scores are now trapped between two countries and wanted by neither.

The devastating cruelty described by the UN as “very likely commission of crimes against humanity”” follows a long standing and systematic persecution of Rohingyas. Decades of abuses, violations, discriminatory policies, exclusion and marginalization has rendered them the most persecuted people in the world.

The deafening silence of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her government’s repeated refusal to allow the OHCHR unrestricted access to the worst affected areas of Rakhine bring to question her commitment towards human rights.

The Muslim Professionals Forum urges the Malaysian government;

  1. to urgently call upon the ASEAN leaders to step up their efforts to ensure the government of Myanmar immediately stops the massacre and the grave human rights violations against the Rohingyas and safeguard their safety and access to justice and reparations.
  2. and her ASEAN neighbours to lead the call in the UN to pressure the government of Myanmar to fully comply with the recommendations of Kofi Annan’s Commission or face economic sanctions, regional and international isolation.
  3. and the ASEAN community to stop the cycle of violence against the Rohingyas and facilitate a sustainable, just and peaceful resolution to the humanitarian crisis.
  4. in the interim to organize relief missions into the affected Rakhine state to provide urgent medical and humanitarian aid to the victims.
  5. and all Malaysians to extend their solidarity and assistance to the Rohingya refugees either directly or indirectly through the various NGOs who have been supporting them regularly over the years.

Board of Directors

Muslim Professionals Forum

musamn@gmail.com