KUALA LUMPUR: Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) today launched the Somalia Emergency Appeal Fund, in an effort to assist the Somalians currently in dire need of humanitarian aid, following the country's prolonged drought since 2014.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, through KP1M, donated USD$100,000 (RM444,800) to kickstart the fund.
KP1M president Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim presented the mock cheque to Somalia Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arteh, in a ceremony witnessed by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
Present at the ceremony were Somalian Ambassador to Malaysia Abukar Abdi Osman, Malaysia Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation (MAPIM) president Azmi Abdul Hamid, New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and Berita Harian group editor Datuk Mahfar Ali.
Mohamed Omar, who is on a personal working visit here from March 9 until today, expressed gratitude for the help.
Yesterday, it was reported that he met with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at his office in Parliament building.
The DPM's office, in a statement later said Malaysia would be channelling humanitarian aid such as food and medicines to Somalia through non-governmental organisations and political parties in this country.
It said Malaysia was also prepared to cooperate with the World Food Programme of the United Nations in assisting Somalia deal with its food crisis following the drought problem in that country since three years ago.
"Malaysia will also consider providing micro credit assistance to the hardcore poor and low-income group in that country," the statement said.