PM launches foundation for Covid-19 orphans

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob arrives at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) for the launch of Keluarga Malaysia programme. Photos: Nazmi Suhaimi.

KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob last night launched a foundation to care for orphans who lost their parents due to Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri said the protection given to the group until they are 18 years old was in the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia – being inclusive to all.

“Yayasan Keluarga Malaysia is a manifestation of the love of the entire Malaysian family, which we express together for the children affected by the pandemic.

“The foundation will extend its protection to other children of Malaysian families, who also need similar support.

“This is the meaning of inclusion, togetherness and gratitude in the Malaysian Family,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Keluarga Malaysia programme at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Saturday night (Oct 23).

At the same time, the premier also called on the rest of the Malaysian family, to also do their part to help the generation.

“My hope is that with the foundation, no children will have to go through suffering alone,” he said.

Earlier, Ismail Sabri said due to the Covid-19 pandemic 5,173 children of Malaysian families became orphans – not only missing their parents but deprived of normal childhood.

“So, with a sense of humility, I would like to call on the entire Malaysian families, to share love with these children, so that they can enjoy life like their peers.

“With this, I launch Yayasan Keluarga Malaysia as an institution that will assist the children of the Malaysian Family in obtaining support, especially from the aspect of education until they reach the age of 18 years.

“I have high hopes that the entire Malaysian Family stays together by putting aside differences and celebrating togetherness as one big Malaysian family,” he said.