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Japan -Malaysia Post-Flood Relief Mission

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PThe Alumni of Friendship Programme for the 21st Century ASEAN-Japan Malaysia (PAMAJA), is one of the associations associated with Japan and a part of ASEAN- Japan Friendship Association for the 21st Century (AJAFA-21) member.

PAMAJA CARE FUND was formed on 20 December 2021 in response to the recent flood damage that struck various states in Malaysia. Its purpose is to aid several members of PAMAJA, and the communities affected by the natural disaster. The committee makes an attempt to raise funds by soliciting contributions from members and reaching out to other communities.

PAMAJA organizes the Post-Flood Relief Mission in collaboration with the Japan Embassy, JICA, MOTAC, Homestay Malaysia, and the Asian-Japan Friendship Association (AJAFA). We raised around RM 150,000.00 from members, NGO’s, relevant agencies, and individuals.

PAMAJA wishes to express its gratitude to H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their kind contribution of RM 47,500 to Malaysian flood victims through PAMAJA’s Post- Flood Relief Mission.

It is hoped that contributions such as cash, kitchenware, school supplies, food, and other items will help relieve the financial burden on flood victims.

This humanitarian mission, which will take place on the 8th and 9th of January in 2022, will cover 8 different locations in Selangor, Pahang, and Negeri Sembilan. The locations include Shah Alam, Hulu Langat, Kuala Selangor, Seremban, and Janda Baik.

This mission is officiated by H.E. Takahashi Katsuhiko the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and Datuk Wira Dr. Noor Zari Hamat the secretary General Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia at MATIC, 109 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

On behalf of PAMAJA, I would like to express my gratitude to Datuk Wira Dr. Noor Zari Hamat, Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture Malaysia, H.E Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), contributors, and the media for your support in making this mission a success.

The collaboration between PAMAJA, Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, JICA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia and other relevant agencies in this mission demonstrates support and in accordance with the Look East Policy’s 40th Anniversary commemoration.

As part of our mission to strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia and Japan, PAMAJA will host a SOFT LAUNCH LOOK EAST POLICY 40TH ANNIVERSARY (LEP40) on February 6, 2022 at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Look East Policy. This programme will serve as a soft launch for various events in Malaysia and Japan that will promote tourism and cultural exchange and will be organized by PAMAJA in both countries.

This major event will be collaborated with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Embassy of Japan, ASEAN-Japan Friendship Association for the 21st Century (AJAFA-21), Public Service Department of Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, and other relevant agencies.

These events will take place throughout the years 2022 / 2023. We believe that these activities would encourage tourists to visit Malaysia and contribute to the country’s tourism industry.

PAMAJA, under my leadership, is keen to organize a variety of programmes that are relevant to the context of “Keluarga Malaysia”. It is consistent with PAMAJA’s objective of fostering friendship, understanding, and collaboration among members through educational, welfare, cultural, and social activities that are in line with the Look East Policy (LEP).

According to Datuk Wira Dr Noor Zari Hamat, Secretary General Ministry Of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia , The cooperation and participation in PAMAJA Post-Flood Relief Mission will serve to demonstrate a strong relationship between Malaysia and Japan. This will be a part of the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy (LEP40) commemoration, which began in 1982 and this bonding will hopefully last forever.

” MOTAC has stepped up flood relief missions in and around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. It is a continuation of the MOTAC initiative which was launched on 22 December 2021 with the Malaysian Tourism Council (MTC) for those affected in the states of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Additionally, the mission got assistance from two hotel associations in Selangor, the Malaysian Association of Hotel (MAH) and the Malaysian Budget and Business Hotel Association (MyBHA),” said Datuk Wira Dr Noor Zari Hamat.

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