by Ling Hui and Wilfred Pilo
KUCHING March 16: Following the launching of Health Waqf today, a cash target of RM7 million from the public has been set to help cancer patients, and will later be expanded to help other chronic patients in need.
This was revealed by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, who said that the establishment of Health Waqf is an effort to support Sarawak’s focus on providing better healthcare services and developmental progress in the field.
“Since health is the most valuable asset for every individual, the Health Waqf would be able to attract philanthropists among alumni, corporate parties, industries, public and private agencies, NGOs and individuals from within and outside of the country,” he explained.
He said this in his welcoming speech at the International Conference for Waqf and Endowment 2023 and Health WAQF Fund at The Waterfront Hotel here today.
The conference was officiated at by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg
Mohamad Kadim said that Health Waqf would bring Unimas and Sarawak to another level in empowering Waqf by involving community collaboration on and off campus, for the general community in Sarawak and the whole of Malaysia.
“Good healthcare is a global need. Sarawak is also very concerned about the provision of healthcare services in the region.
“The plan to build the National Cancer Centre in Sarawak is one of the initiatives in that direction,” he said.
Donations may be channelled through the Endowment and Waqf Division, Unimas as the trustee.
Also present was Unimas board chairman Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie. — DayakDaily