KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIANS should be aware of the needs of those in war-torn countries and do their part to help.
Perdana Global Peace Foundation chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysians should be grateful for being able to live in a peaceful country and be empathetic towards those affected by war.
"We can see the suffering of people in war-torn areas on television every day.
"This should make us realise our shortcomings and drive us to help those in need in any way we can," he said at the launch of the Media Prima Syria Humanitarian Fund yesterday.
"More than two million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and have been living in deplorable conditions. Refugee camps are overcrowded and they are faced with a lack of clean water supply and decent sanitation.
"They do not get enough nutrition and medical attention. The host countries can only do so much."
Dr Mahathir lauded the effort of Media Prima as donations would be channelled to Mercy Malaysia for the organisation's humanitarian mission.
The mission will focus on medical programmes, psychosocial intervention and providing clean water to refugees.
Mercy Malaysia president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said the organisation needed at least RM1 million (S$387,000) to implement the planned programmes.
"We started sending teams to help the Syrians last year. There are currently six teams in Jordan, Turkey and Syria. Another team will be leaving for the conflict zone next month."
Present at the launch was Media Prima executive director (news and editorial operations) Datuk Ahmad A. Talib.
Contributions can be channelled to Maybank account number 5642-7651-1200 or CIMB account number 1422-0000930-10-4 under the name "Tabung Kemanusiaan Syria Media Prima Berhad".