ASIA / MALAYSIA – The Malaysian Church’s solidarity commitment to fight the pandemic


ASIA / MALAYSIA – The Malaysian Church’s solidarity commitment to fight the pandemic

Kuala Lumpur (Agenzia Fides) – The Malaysian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCM) has donated one million Malaysian rupees (approximately $ 241,000) to the Anti-COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, which, along with other religious organizations and NGOs, provides support for the conference this initiative, which aims to develop other pandemic control, prevention and cure initiatives and programs.
This was reported to Fides by Father Michael Chua, a priest who works in the Bishops’ Conference. He explains, “This is an emergency fund in response to an urgent request for assistance from our public hospitals and health care workers to provide a variety of medical devices to cope with the high numbers of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.” The collected donations will be used to equip themselves with medical equipment and personnel. The bishops of Malaysia sent a message to all believers asking them to support this cause and donate to this fund, said Father Chua. The Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia guarantees that 100% of the funds raised will be used for the stated purposes. The fund is jointly supported by multi-ethnic and multi-religious organizations.
“This is an emergency fund that we are contributing to to help health workers provide life-saving equipment to 142 hospitals,” added Bishop Bernard Paul of the Diocese of Malacca Johore. In this way the Church in Malaysia works to fight the pandemic and its effects, always in a spirit of solidarity and charity. The diocesan Caritas Malacca Johore has launched a food aid program for the people affected by the lockdown. Several parishes run food banks, with grassroots church communities working on the front lines to identify families in need.
Among the initiatives reported to Fides Service, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching donated 10,000 face masks and 6,200 insulating medical gowns to Sarawak General Hospital thanks to the contribution of Catholic benefactors and friends across Sarawak state.
Archbishop Simon Poh, head of the Diocese of Kuching, coordinated a special collection together with Bishop Joseph Hii of the Diocese of Sibu and Bishop Richard Ng of the Diocese of Miri: Workers in Sarawak during this time of COVID-19, “he said, calling for new joint ones Initiatives. “Every little help from people of good will contributes to the common good”, he concluded. (SD-PA) (Fides Service, 24.06.2021)


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