Making the call, Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Sultan Abdul Halim also urged community leaders to continue to serve and educate the people, regardless of race and religion.
She said this at a dialogue session with officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organisation of Graduates of Educational Institutions Malaysia (Haluan) at the Rohingya Community Educare Centre in Taman Ambar, Jalan Teluk Wanjah, Alor Star, Kedah.
Present were Sik member of parliament AhmadTarmizi Sulaiman, UNHCR senior protection officer Keane Shum and its education officer Mimi Zarina Azmin, Kedah Red Crescent Society director Shamsul Bahar Abdul Rani, Kedah Haluan chairman Mohamad Basri Husain, its deputy chairman Abdul Kadir Mahammod, deputy general secretary Saadan Omar, its executive council member Zarinah Sarban, Haluan Kedah’s humanitarian mission bureau secretary Mohd Jamil Muda, the centre’s headmistress Nur Naziera Aniessa Norizan and its adviser Norhashimah Alias.
Shum heads UNHRC’s policy and advocacy unit which includes education, health, child protection, gender-based violence, livelihoods, parliamentarian engagement and the community-based protection team.
Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz later presented ‘duit raya’ and basic food aid to representatives of Rohingya refugee families living around Alor Star.
Meanwhile, Jamil said that Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz’s presence as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society chairman, gave a boost to Haluan’s members in Kedah.
“We are honoured to have her advice for us to strive to continue serve and educate society, irrespective of our background.
“Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz also reviewed the learning sessions at the centre and held discussions with the students,” he said.