The involvement of volunteers of various religions and races in community activities is something that is encouraging, said the new President of the Singapore Islamic Scholars & Religious Teachers Association (Pergas), Ustaz Muhammad Tarmizi Abdul Wahid.
He, who is better known as Ustaz Mizi Wahid, said the involvement of the various volunteers represented Pergas’ belief in continuing to work with various walks of life.
Although this approach has been practiced by previous leadership, it is a legacy that he hopes to continue in Pergas under his leadership.
“Our volunteers from other races and religions are ready to serve, help and interact directly with the families we help.
“This is a sign that Pergas wants to work with Singaporeans, regardless of race or religion,” he said when met by Berita Harian.
“This gives us motivation to continue this effort with new leadership in the future,” he added.
On Sunday, Pergas volunteers helped distribute more than 2,000 kilograms of qurban meat to 1,000 recipients across the island.
The effort is part of Pergas Investment Holdings’ (PIH) annual qurban and aqiqah initiative which is carried out in 10 countries.
This year’s sacrifice efforts were carried out in Australia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Uganda, Malawi, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Yemen and Singapore.
Appreciating the celebration of the qurban effort, Ustaz Mizi said the donated qurban meat will be used by many in need.
“They not only received this meat but also received a message that courtesy still exists in the community.
“We are still concerned about their situation even though they face their own challenges.
“Through this effort, we can show that there are certain parties who want good for them,” he said.
As early as 10 am, volunteers from several non-governmental organizations actively gathered at Wisma Indah to help with the distribution to their beneficiaries.
Among these bodies are the Heal Club, the Singapore Muslim Disability Group (KCMS), the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML) and New Life Stories.
Among those actively volunteering is Miss Serena Foo, a volunteer from New Life Stories.
Commenting on her first experience distributing qurban meat, Ms Foo said it was an activity that touched her heart.
“Even though I am Catholic, I feel happy to be able to spend time with my family to reach out to those in need.
“I think through activities like this, regardless of race or religion, we can understand each other better,” said the 60-year-old.
Translated from Berita Harian, 16 July 2023
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