KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) marked its 75th anniversary with a charity gala dinner attended by the nation’s king and queen, reflecting the high profile and enduring commitment to humanitarian work in the country.
According to BARNAMA News Agency, the society is actively supporting the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) by arranging a transfer of RM200,000 to assist with the ongoing crisis there. This move comes as part of a broader appeal launched by MRCS and reflects the solidarity and philanthropy of Malaysians, backed by government support.
The chairman expressed concern over the neglect of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions, and wartime rules of conduct, urging for sustained support for MRCS initiatives.
The society has successfully garnered RM1.9 million in contributions for various humanitarian efforts, including flood relief, improvements to emergency service rooms, and the establishment of a humanitarian field school. Contributions have come from corporate donors such as Nestle Malaysia, CIMB Foundation, Yayasan TM, Melaleuca Southeast Asia, and Pfizer.
The event was also attended by notable government officials including Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek, Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh, and Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, underlining the government’s engagement with civil society organizations like MRCS.
In a ceremonious highlight, Al-Sultan Abdullah inaugurated the PBSM 75th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp collection, adding a cultural significance to the evening’s proceedings.