Pekida Sabah to improve members’ economic well-being


?¨ lABALU: Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Islamic Welfare and Sermon Organisation of Malaysia or Pekida Malaysia) Sabah Division will strive to improve the economy and financial position of its members.

Its chairman Dr Datu Mohd Akjan Datu Ali Muhammad said this when addressing some 300 of their district chiefs and members during the official launch of the division at the Sabah Trade Centre, in Likas here yesterday.

Also present at were Pekida Malaysia’s acting Chairman Hj Jamaluddin B. Yusof, vice president-cum-Advisor, Hj Daud B. Wahab and information chief Shahdan Mat Noor.

“We will set up a special mechanism to assist all underprivileged members who are in need of financial assistance so that they will not fall prey to the ‘Ah Long’ (loan shark),” he said.

He was also optimistic that Pekida Sabah would establish its first convenient store within the next one year to enable members to purchase goods at fairer prices.

Besides this, Akjan also pledged to better promote Islam as a harmonious, peace-loving and caring religion.

“If need be, we will also assist our non-Muslim brothers and sisters who need help,” he said.

For this purpose, Pekida Sabah will set up an orphanage on a three-acre plot of land in Kg Rhu Gading, Tuaran.

The earth-breaking ceremony was held after the launch yesterday.

Once completed, the orphanage will act as a home and school for the orphans, regardless of their race and religious background.

Meanwhile, in his speech, Hj Jamaluddin reminded members on the importance of harmonious co-existence with other communities by respecting each other’s religion and be sensitive to others’ feelings.

He also urged them members to refrain from committing malicious act against another person no matter how much they disliked him or her. Touching on the role of Pekida Malaysia, he reiterated that it was a non-political movement set up with the chief aim of safeguarding the position of Islam in Malaysia and to unite the Muslims in the country.

Incepted back in 1937, Pekida Malaysia was officially registered with the Registrar of Society (ROS) on 10 May 1983.

Currently, it has 22 branches registered throughout Sabah including in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Papar, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom, Keningau, Tambunan, Ranau, Tuaran, Kota Belud, Kudat, Telupid, Sandakan, Tawau, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Kuala Penyu.

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