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MERCY Malaysia launches China Humanitarian Relief Fund

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KUALA LUMPUR, February 25, 2003 (Tuesday) - The Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) today launched its RM1 million China Humanitarian Relief Fund to assist earthquake victims in Xinjiang, China.

MERCY Malaysia president Dato' Dr Jemilah Mahmood said, "MERCY Malaysia will donate RM100,000 from its general fund to help the earthquake victims in Xinjiang, China. We also hope the public will come forward with donations which will be used to assist these unfortunate victims, many of whom are school children. Our target is to raise at least RM1 million."

According to local news agencies, an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck a remote area of Xinjiang province in north-west China near the border with the neighbouring countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on Monday.

The death toll is more than 260, with around 4,000 others injured, half of them seriously. More than 8,800 homes collapsed in the earthquake leaving 50,000 homeless and 900 school classrooms had been leveled.

MERCY Malaysia will send a mission to the affected area to provide emergency medical assistance, distribute food, drinking water, quilts, blankets and other relief supplies.

Dr Jemilah said MERCY Malaysia will send its first team on 27th February 2003. The team of four will be headed by the Mandarin-speaking Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Dr. Amin Tai. He will be accompanied by Dr. Haliza Shafie (Consultant Paediatrician), Dr. Fauziah Hasan (Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist) and Maj (Rtd) Cheang Kok Sun (Logistics Officer).

"Besides distributing these supplies in the earthquake-stricken area, our mission will also assess their longer-term, rehabilitation and other needs," she continued.

"To date, MERCY Malaysia has received strong support for our missions from Malaysians including our previous relief efforts for earthquake victims in Gujerat, India and in Turkey. And we appeal to our caring public to help us again to bring relief to the victims of this earthquake," she said.

Those who wish to contribute to the China Humanitarian Relief Fund can contact MERCY Malaysia at Tel: 03-4256 9999 or Fax: 03-4251 8435 or email mercymsa@tm.net.my. Your donations will be put to good use.

Issued for and on behalf of MERCY Malaysia by ADAD Communications.

For further information, kindly contact Ainuddin Dahlan or Karen Liew at Tel: 03-7957 6461 or Fax: 03-7957 6027 or Email: ainudin@pc.jaring.my or adad@po.jaring.my