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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Launches “Perdana Global Peace Foundation”

Irish in Gaza was proud to be part of the launch of PGPF, ( Perdana Global Peace Foundation) 

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Published: April 25, 2011
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Launches “Perdana Global Peace Foundation”

Kuala Lumpur, 22nd April, It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the Perdana Global Peace Foundation, PGPF.

Incorporated on October 8th, 2010, PGPF is a more comprehensive entity to replace the previous Perdana Global Peace Organisation, PGPO.

Given the scope of its international commitment, PGPO was restructured to a tax-exempt charitable foundation as a vehicle to raise sustainable funds for the purpose of carrying out the activities of the foundation which include organising and delivery of humanitarian aid missions and programmes such as conferences and exhibitions aimed at criminalising war.

Like its predecessor, this Foundation is based on the Kuala Lumpur Initiative to Criminalise War – a reference document that details the mission and strategies to criminalise war.
PGPF is a first but resolute step in the arduous journey towards global peace, with the single goal of putting an end to war. Founder and President, Tun Dr. Mahathir, envisages “a serious, active and sustained struggle against war and for peace”, even if the journey takes a thousand years, and probably would take more than our lifetimes.

This is reflected in PGPF’s logo. The design uses the sun and the road as the central elements. The meaning is clearly conveyed as a road to peace, which is the central purpose of the event.

The primary colour used is a light, bright green that is always associated with new beginnings like that of a young shoot reaching out to the sun. The design of the logo is one of hope signified by the dominating sun in the distance. The overall energy is positive to influence the flow and mood of the foundation.

Sharing and supporting this agenda are world-prominent professionals, activists, intellectuals, authors, statesmen – all passionate advocates of international peace.

PGPF aims to initiate a global forum that encourages dialogue between different parties in the hope that the fora builds understanding, fosters a love for peace and instills the resolution to end war.

The launching of PGPF’s logo is then followed by the presentation and photo session of the personally autographed, A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The presentation of the best-seller is an appreciation to generous donors for their contributions to PGPF.

“JELAJAH KEAMANAN 2011” (Peace Expedition) is part of the ongoing efforts by Perdana Global Peace Foundation in advocating peace and criminalising war, to be accomplished through road shows in selected states in Peninsular Malaysia.

Targeting university students and youth the objectives are to create awareness and sending powerful message to youth towards changing traditional perceptions of war and peace into one which makes war illegal. Amongst the planned programmes towards achieving this is the ‘Discourse Series’, ‘XPDC Keamanan’ and ‘Wakaf Water4Gaza’..

‘Discourse Series’ would feature prominent speakers to elaborate on issues of global concern regarding human rights, peace, criminalizing war, weapons of mass destruction, victims of war, global political landscape, Israel-US controlled media, economic sanctions, military sanctions, etc.

‘XPDC Keamanan’ is likened to that of the treasure hunt game, as a means of adding excitement and challenge to inspire the youth to have responsibility in putting greater citizen pressure on governments to make war a crime.

The ‘Wakaf Water4Gaza’ seeks to raise cash of RM1.5 million for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. ‘Wakaf’ or pious endowments is an act of charity much enjoined by Islam.

Funds will be raised through the ‘Wakaf’ of 1.5 million 500 mililiter bottled mineral water as a symbolic gesture representing 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as about 95% of the water is undrinkable. The sewerage reticulation system and water desalination plants were destroyed by the Israeli forces in a devastating bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip beginning 27th December 2008. By 18 January 2009 some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed and large areas of Gaza had been razed to the ground.

The “Break the Siege on Gaza” is a campaign to ensure that the illegal siege and violations of human rights to which the people of Gaza were being subjected should be an urgent humanitarian priority of the international community.

The objective to increase awareness of the plight of the Palestinians and to outrage and push for concerted action by civil society around the world of the three-year siege against Gaza.

The PGPF launching event will end with the flagging-off ‘Jelajah Keamanan’ by YBhg Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Honourable Adviser of Perdana Global Peace Foundation. – PGPF

Click here to view the event photos.

Below are some of the media coverage for the event:

Bernama – Perdana Global Peace Organisation Is Now A Foundation
Bernama – PGPO To Continue Helping Palestine, Says Tun Dr Mahathir
The Star – Mahathir: Foundation to send aid to Palestine
Malay Mail – Perdana Global Peace Organisation Is Now A Foundation

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