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Carefugees’ response to RPK

Carefugees refers to the recent online posting by Raja Petra Kamaruddin – screenshot attached.

We would like to clarify and assert that the picture is from an event held by Carefugees in February 2019. It was the launch of the annual Feed a Family, a campaign that provides food aid to thousands of refugee families in Malaysia each year.

This campaign has been running since 2013 and has so far distributed food aid to approximately 24,000 refugee families. It has the support of a spectrum of personalities, cutting across all barriers.

YB Hannah Yeoh had kindly agreed to launch Feed a Family ‘19. She was then the Deputy Minister to the Ministry of Family, Women and Community Development.

The picture shows Carefugees acvtivist and supporter Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin playing the good host to YB Hannah, our VIP guest.

To suggest anything else is not only irresponsible but also malicious. To shamelessly exploit a charity event that highlights the marginalized in our society is pitiful.

Carefugees Team
11 April 2020

Muslim Professionals Forum takes a particular interest in the ongoing social media exchange concerning one of our Board of Directors, Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin.

His recent tweet on Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin’s large scale sanitisation operations has garnered much attention and unwarranted attacks.

Here is his tweet in full

OMG! This is both silly and irresponsible. Depriving our last line of defense screening and live-saving #COVID19 patients in ICU. Best she #StayHome and not make a fool of herself!

Dr Musa has been at the forefront of not only medical matters in this country, but also humanitarian relief work here and the world over.

As Chairman of the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) Advisory Council, he has expertise in this field and his views are highly sought after and adhered to.

As an expert, he understands the seriousness of the situation and the need to stay ahead of the curve. To do this, we must live by clearly laid out guidelines by not only Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) but worldwide bodies.

Dr Musa’s comments were clearly consistent with MOH guidelines and it’s Director General’s various statements on this outbreak.

Calling out the irresponsible act of a large gathering of people when there is an existing Movement Control Order (MCO) was the right thing to do. So was the utilization of so many PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment) at a time when the frontliners are facing a dire shortage.

The world is battling a pandemic unheard of in recent times. In mitigating it, the MCO has been in place since 17th March and it is imperative that everyone complies. Ministers included.

Board of Directors
Muslim Professionals Forum
1 April 2020

Joint Statement on COVID-19 – Malaysia Must Unite

Dear Media Colleagues (bcc’ed),
On behalf of the following organizations and individuals, we submit the attached letter for your publication,
Thank you,
Dr Yap Wei Aun
Dr Khor Swee Kheng
On behalf of the following signatories (all cc’ed)
Please print the entire list of names, thank you
1.       Datuk Seri Dr DZULKEFLY AHMAD   –   Former Minister of Health, Malaysia
2.       Datuk Seri Dr S. SUBRAMANIAM SATHASIVAM   –   Former Minister of Health, Malaysia
3.       Prof Dato’ Dr ADEEBA KAMARULZAMAN   –   Dean of Medicine, Universiti Malaya
4.       Mr AMRAHI BUANG   –   President, Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society
5.       Ms AUDRY WAN ULLOK   –   President, Sarawak Tourism Federation
6.       Ms CHRISANNE CHIN   –   National Director, 247 Prayer Malaysia
7.       Mr DELREN TERRENCE DOUGLAS   –   President, Assc. for Residential Aged Care Operators of Malaysia
8.       Dr GANABASKARAN   –   President, Malaysian Medical Association
9.       Dr HARTINI ZAINUDIN   –   Founder, Yayasan Chow Kit
10.   Dr HELMY HAJA MYDIN   –   Co-founder, Asthma Malaysia
11.   Mr J SOLOMON   –   Secretary-General, Malaysian Trades Unions Congress
12.   Dr JEFFREY ABU HASSAN   –   President, Islamic Medical Association Malaysia
13.   Archbishop JULIAN LEOW   –   Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
14.   The Most Ven Datuk K SRI DHAMMARATANA   –   Chief High Priest of Malaysia, Buddhist Maha Vihara
15.   Mr LAU CHEE BOON   –   Chairman, LLG Cultural Development Centre
16.   Sis LOH PAI LING   –   President, Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia
17.   En LUKMAN SHERIFF ALIAS   –   Chair, Malaysian Alliance of Civil Society Organizations
18.   Ms MOEY YOKE LAI   –   Chair, Federation of Christian Mission Schools Malaysia
19.   A/Prof Dr MOHAMMAD HUSNI JAMAL   –   President, Academy of Family Physicians
20.   Datuk MUNIRAH ABDUL HAMID   –   President, Muslim Women’s Action Society (PERTIWI)
21.   Haji MUSTAFA ABD MAJID   –   President, Malaysian Association of Medical Assistants
22.   Bishop ONG HWAI TEIK   –   President, Council of Churches Malaysia
23.   Datuk ONG SENG KHEK   –   The Kuala Lumpur And Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
24.   A/Prof Dr PANG YONG KEK   –   President, Malaysian Thoracic Society
25.   Dato’ Dr PAUL SELVA RAJ   –   Secretary-General, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations
26.   Mr PHILLIP YONG   –   Chairman, Association of Sarawak Inbound Agencies
27.   Dr RAJ KUMAR MAHARAJAH   –   President, Medical Practitioners Coalition Association
28.   Prof Dr RAJA AFFENDI RAJA ALI   –   Dean of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
29.   Prof Dr ROSMAWATI MOHAMED   –   Master, Academy of Medicine Malaysia
30.   Prof Dr SHAIFUL BAHARI ISMAIL   –   Dean of Medicine, Universiti Sains Malaysia
31.   Datuk SHAMSUDDIN BARDAN   –   Executive Director, Malaysian Employers Federation
32.   Pn SHARIPAH ASIAH SYED JUNID ALJUNID   –   President, Malaysian Nurses Association
33.   Tuan Haji YUZAIDI YUSOFF   –   Chairman, Muslim Professionals Forum
34.   Dato’ Dr ZAINAL ARIFFIN OMAR   –   President, Public Health Physicians Association
35.   Prof ZALEHA ABDULLAH MAHDY   –   President, Perinatal Society of Malaysia
37.   Dato’ Dr ALEX MATHEWS
38.   Dato’ Dr AMAR-SINGH HSS
41.   Tan Sri Datuk Dr KAMAL MAT SALIH
42.   Prof Emeritus Dato’ Dr KHALID ABDUL KADIR
43.   Datuk Dr KULJIT SINGH
44.   Dato’ Dr MUSA NORDIN

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

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