KUALA TERENGGANU, Terengganu state, Malaysia — The Terengganu state Fund for Rohingya, which was launched on Sept 19, has raised nearly RM2.2 million, thanks to generous donations from various government agencies, private companies, individuals and non-governmental organisations.

Its Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said the amount showed the Terengganu people’s concern, sense of responsibility and understanding of the sufferings of the Rohingyas, who were forced to seek refuge at 68 refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Thank you to all the donors who had helped the state government in achieving the objective of the fund. We have managed to raise nearly RM2.2 million in just a short time, he told reporters at the ‘Terengganu For Rohingya’ programme organised by the state government in collaboration with Transformasi Terengganu Baharu (TTB) volunteer squad here Sunday night.

Also present were State Youth, Sports and Human Resources Committee chairman Rozi Mamat, and State secretary Wan Nawawi Wan Ismail.

Ahmad Razif said, among the donors were the state government, through the State Secretary’s Office with a donation of RM1 million, companies under Terengganu Incorporated (RM160,000), State UMNO Liaison Body (RM50,000), Terengganu schools (RM127,174), Perbadanan Memajukan Iktisad Negeri Terengganu (RM30,000), Terengganu UMNO Youth (RM12,251.30) and Kuala Terengganu City Council (RM11,781).

The Terengganu Entrepreneur Development Secretariat Council also donated RM20,000, the Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (RM10,457), Telemong State Constituency (RM11,401.45) and Terengganu Indian Association (10,000).

Ahmad Razif said the donations would be handed over to the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh after obtaining approval from the Foreign Ministry.

He said a discussion with the Malaysian Medical Relief Society would be conducted in deciding whether to hand over the money or change it in the form of essential items.