Press Release

Distribute More Than 100 New School Bags to Rohingya Children

For Immediate Release: December 4th, 2017


Kuala Lumpur, December 3rd, 2017: Geutanyoe Malaysia held an educational program for more than 100 Rohingya children living in Ampang, sponsored by Utusan Malaysia Group. The event was held at Taman Seri Raya Hall, Ampang, Selangor.

“Rohingya in particular still face severe restrictions on their freedom of movement and in their access to livelihoods in Myanmar. Utusan Malaysia Group and Geutanyoe Malaysia are committed to ensure Rohingya children continue to get humanitarian access including health and education wherever they are,” said Datuk Mohd Noordin Abbas, Group Managing Director of Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad in his written statement.

He called for continued aid and advocacy for the Rohingyas so that their rights are recognised. He demanded all NGOs locally and abroad to stay united and work with Utusan Malaysia Group to garner more support from international community to take decisive measures to resolve the root causes of the mass exodus. “At the event, we distributed more than 100 new school bags to 2 different schools in Ampang. Thank you to Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Foundation. This is only a beginning and we plan to do more for them”, said Ahmad Tarmizi Mukhtar, Executive Director for Geutanyoe Malaysia. He was the former Special Officer to OIC Special Envoy for Myanmar. The event expresses the spirit of generosity and compassion, and supports the Government of Malaysia’s strong commitment to assist the stateless Rohingya to obtain education and livelihood access in Malaysia.

He requested ASEAN leaders to enhance engagement with Myanmar to implement the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 69/248, and United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/28/L.21, which were adopted by consensus, including by ASEAN members. The resolutions call for restoration of citizenship to Myanmar's Rohingya and for compliance with international human rights standards.

“We plan to send an experienced humanitarian team to establish education centres in the refugee camps and to conduct capacity building with local NGOs in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh this month”, said Ms Lilianne Fan, Co-founder and International Director for Geutanyoe Malaysia.

The event also brought together representatives from Global Rohingya Centre (GRC) based in Makkah Saudi Arabia, other NGOs and various private entities who have come forward to support.

Enquiries: Mr Ahmad Tarmizi Mukhtar, Executive Director, Geutanyoe Malaysia and Secretary-General, HUMANiTi Malaysia and Former Special Officer to OIC Special Envoy.
Tel + 6016 335 2558

Brief information about Geutanyoë Malaysia
Geutanyoë Malaysia is part of the Geutanyoë Foundation, a regional humanitarian and community empowerment organisation headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and founded in Aceh, Indonesia. Geutanyoë's mandate is to work with the most vulnerable communities in ASEAN, including refugees, orphans, children with special needs and disaster-affected communities. In Malaysia our current work focuses on increasing access to health and education for refugees, youth empowerment, public education and fostering understanding and harmony between refugees and Malaysians.

Today, Geutanyoe Malaysia has intensifying various efforts developing comprehensive humanitarian programs. We are working closely with the Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, OIC, HUMANiTi Malaysia, UNHCR, MAIPs and Malaysian Government to find an amicable solution to the plight of Rohingya in the region.

We are dedicated to cultivating and upholding values of humanity, dignity, peace and sustainability in Aceh and Southeast Asia.