Kuala Lumpur : The Malaysian government has launched a national fundraising campaign to support the Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
The campaign aims to mobilize resources for UNRWA at a time when the Agency faces an unprecedented financial crisis after the United States, a leading supporter of the Agency, announced its decision to no longer fund the Agency, UNRWA said in a press statement on Monday.
Speaking at the campaign launch event, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah said: “The recent funding cuts to UNRWA undermine the education, healthcare, and other life-saving services to vulnerable Palestine refugees.”
She called on all Malaysians “to join this effort. No matter how small, your contribution can make a big difference to people who have nothing.”
The deputy prime minister added that her government is determined to do all it can to ensure that Palestine refugees receive the support and solidarity they deserve.
Hundreds of Malaysian public and private sector leaders attended the campaign launch event in Kuala Lumpur. Many have expressed their solidarity with Palestine refugees and vowed to contribute to the month-long national campaign.
“The campaign in Malaysia culminates months of bilateral discussions between the government of Malaysia and UNRWA,” said Chairman of the Dignity is Priceless Global Campaign Abdirahman Aynte.
“The result is a robust public fundraising campaign with the aim to raise much-needed funds for the Agency and raise awareness about the plight of Palestine refugees in that part of the world,” he added.
In addition to the campaign, Malaysia has been a consistent supporter of UNRWA for decades, both in financial and political terms. Deputy PM Wan Azizah said her country will continue to use its political influence to ensure that UNRWA receives the support it deserves, including at the UN General Assembly.
The two sides highlighted that their partnership is inherently strategic. They have committed to exploring more means of financial support for UNRWA, according to the statement.