Christian group sends hope to Rohingyas via food flotilla
By Veena Babulal
February 5, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Association of NextGen Christians of Malaysia (ANCOM) joined the coalition of humanitarian NGOs led by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisations (Mapim) and Kelab Putera 1Malaysia to support the mission to deliver humanitarian aid to the Rohingyas in Myanmar via a food flotilla.
ANCOM advisor Jason Leong said the group felt deeply the pain and suffering of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and wanted to do their part to help.
“We stand with those who suffer in our words, prayers and deeds,” he said in a statement on Friday.
“As such, we urge more Christians to speak up and stand in solidarity with Muslims with regard to the Rohingya situation because this issue now is much larger than a Myanmar-only problem; it affects every single one of us globally as humans because it is a humanitarian crisis,” he said while referring to the atrocities committed against the ethnic minority in the country.
Leong had earlier handed a cheque of RM2,000 to Mapim president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid as ANCOM’s contribution to the purchase of essential items for a food flotilla to be sent to Myanmar for this purpose.
The food flotilla was flagged off at Port Klang by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Friday.
ANCOM president Pastor Joshua Hong said that international intervention was urgently needed to assist the Myanmar’s Rohingya community.
“As a Christian NGO, we add our voice to the voices of our Muslim brothers and sisters because we know that our collective voice cannot be ignored.”
“Putting politics and legalities aside, this is a matter of basic human rights that we all share, and cannot ignore and we hope that in human spirit we are able to raise awareness of this issue globally and as a result end the needless crisis that is happening today.”
The flotilla, carrying 2,200 tonnes of food and medicines, departed Port Klang yesterday for Yangon to unload supplies for the Rohingya in Myanmar and would subsequently proceed to Teknaf, Bangladesh to drop off supplies for those living around the port.