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Laptop Presentation and Diwali Charity Giveaway

On 22 October, thirty disadvantaged families in Selangor received food rations and an educational boost at a Laptop Presentation and Diwali Charity Giveaway jointly organised by the Universal Peace Federation Malaysia and other associates of the Peacebuilders Network Malaysia including the Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia and Ajar-ajar Malaysia.

Six outstanding students from these families were given refurbished laptops to support their tertiary education, and one student received cash support. The families also heard a career talk by a motivational lecturer, Mr A. Arulnathan, and later received grocery packs at the event held in SJK(T) Telok Panglima Garang.

The Guest of Honour, YB Papparaidu Veraman, Selangor EXCO member for Human Resource and Poverty Eradication, commended the organisers for empowering the students and raising future leaders through this project.

The President of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Malaysia, Mdm Lina Cheng emphasized the importance of lifelong learning and gave words of encouragement to the students.

Dr. Udesh Chaskar, UPF Youth Ambassador for Peace, said: “I hope the laptop recipients will be successful in their studies as well as give back to society through community service and social work.”

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, UPF has been consistently handing out food rations and essential items to families suffering from financial burden under the Circle of Light Humanitarian Aid. 4,000 affected families have since benefitted from this programme.

The associates of NGOs and well wishers of the Peacebuilders Network are keen to support the many initiatives of the Madani government for the B40 and underprivileged communities.

Also present at the event was Mr Joachim Ng, Vice President of UPF Malaysia, Mdm Lina Cheng, President of WFWP Malaysia, Mr K. Rajaseran, Principal of SJK(T) Teluk Panglima Garang, Mr Anpalgan, Ketua Komuniti India,and Prof. Dr. Umah Rani Kuppusamy, Vice President of WFWP Malaysia.

Mr, Miss & Mrs Universe of World Peace Beauty Pageant Grand Finals

The Mr, Miss & Mrs Universe of World Peace Beauty Pageant Grand Finals held on 19 August at Top Happiness Grand Ballroom at Seri Kembangan, Selangor concluded with resounding success. The event gathered a crowd of 300 guests and 31 finalists from 6 different countries.

UPF Malaysia supports this event conducted by Universe Peace Studio for its noble objectives of establishing a platform pageant that focuses on the beauty of human character, promoting tourism and culture as well as raising funds for peacebuilding causes.

This is in line with the vision of one of UPFโ€™s pillars – the International Association of Arts and Culture for Peace (IAACP), which taps on the talents and capacities of artists and icons to inspire people through their creativity and visionary ideas to build a better and peaceful world.

The night of beauty and splendour was graced by the presence of Dato Seri Matthew Yeoh, Chairman of ASEAN Legal Alliance who participated in the grand opening ceremony accompanied by President of UPF Malaysia, Assistant Prof. Sudesh G. Balasubramaniam and Secretary General, Mr. Lai Peng Keong and Organising Chair, Mr Scotty Hong. Vice President, Mr. Joachim Ng was also involved as pre-judge a day before the actual beauty pageant.

Finalists from three categories of Elite, Miss and Mrs and Mr participated in four rounds of beauty contests, which are international traditional costume, best talent performance, sportswear and formal attire (men) and evening dress (women).

In addition to showcasing their appearance, creativity and confidence, all contestants were required to give a short cliched impression of world peace. Many contestants declared their commitment to become icons and inspiration for peace through their talent and work.

Another special highlight of the programme was the crowning of True Love Ambassadors, which acknowledges the sacrificial love and effort of selected individuals for their families. Four contestants were also appointed as Peace Ambassadors for 2023 in recognition and encouragement for their charitable works for the community.

Peace Road Penang 2023

Whilst the Peace Road event was held in Kuala Lumpur on 6 August, another peaceful fun walk was also held on the same morning itself in Penang, gathering more than 100 participants on to celebrate multi-racial togetherness and unity in Malaysia.

Peace Road Penang made a comeback after a long pause since the pandemic with the theme of “Connect for Inclusiveness”.

This fun walk, co-organised by UPF Penang Chapter and PERSATUAN KEBAJIKAN ASAS PULAU PINANG – PKAPP PPM-030-070-19102016 with the close support of State Assemblyman of Batu Uban, YB A. Kumaresan, took place in the residential area of Taman Pekaka.

During his opening speech, YB Kumaresan highlighted the need for tolerance, harmonious co-operation and mutual prosperity between communities to achieve sustainable peace.

Participants enjoyed the light exercise and received goodies bags with Malaysia Madani badges as well as breakfast.

We thank all the partners and sponsors for the support:

– Peace Children Care Centre

– Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia

– Persatuan Muslim Tanjung Pulau Pinang

– Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community Penang

– Gabungan Dakwah Malaysia Pulau Pinang

– Hidayah Centre Foundation Pulau Pinang

– Partners for Global Peace Malaysia

– Chakuma Relax Spa

– Pertubuhan Kebudayaan & Kebajikan Sosial Kaum In

dia Pulau Pinang

– Persatuan Sahabat Prihatin Pulau Pinang

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A heavy downpour in the early morning did not stop 500 participants from joining the Peace Road Fun Run held on Sunday 6 August in support of the KL Car Free Morning (KLCFM), a green initiative by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur to promote healthy lifestyle and reduce carbon emissions.

After a long pause since the pandemic, Peace Road 2023 is back with the theme “Connect for Inclusiveness”. The event gathered people from all walks of life to celebrate multi-ethnic togetherness and peace with the spirit of muhibbah in the heart of KL city.

The event also saw 30 participants with special needs who turned up in wheelchairs with family members to join the peaceful morning stroll.

The Peace Road Fun Run, organised by Universal Peace Federation of Malaysia, is marking its 10th Anniversary this year.

During the closing ceremony, partners of the event comprising 18 NGOs and social enterprises received tokens of appreciation from Asst Prof Sudesh, President of UPF Malaysia. The partners also expressed support for the efforts of Rasuah Busters to establish a corruption-free Malaysia.

Participants received goodie bags and enjoyed energetic dance performances, a martial arts demonstration, and a lucky draw. The event concluded with an excited crowd waving their Jalur Gemilang flags while singing a patriotic song in conjunction with the August Merdeka month.

Asia Pacific Filial Piety Leadership Conference 2023

On 14-15 July, UPF Asia Pacific co-organised the Asia Pacific Filial Piety Leadership Conference 2023 in Hong Kong, China, gathering 100 leaders from various countries to discuss on the theme of “Filial Piety, Family Unity and Social Cohesion”.

UPF Malaysia was represented by IREAM – Industry 4.0 Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia whereby its Vice President, Prof Dato’ Christopher Won, spoke in Session 5 – Social Cohesion: Economic Development and Social Contribution.

We thank CPFWP and Sik Sik Yuen for making the event a resounding success.

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The Peacebuilders network conducted training for 25 finalists of the upcoming Mr,Miss&Mrs Universe of World Peace Beauty Pageant at Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya on 10 June.

The presentation was delivered by Peacebuilders Network Programme Coordinators, Tan Wan and Choong Wan Yee, who spoke on topics that included, Inner Beauty – Inside Out and Peace Begins with Me.

According to Choong, true beauty is not only defined by the external appearance but also the goodness within oneself. “By putting the needs of others above ourselves, we learn to live for the sake of others. Our inner beauty starts to shine when we learn to express kindness and lend a helping hand to those in need.”

Meanwhile, Tan presented several high-impact community programmes organised by the Peacebuilders Network which are aimed at enhancing character, building harmonious families, promoting community interaction and green initiatives.

The finalists were inspired by the sharing and participated actively in the session. One participant, Sammy, said her intention of joining the beauty contest was so that she could be an icon to share the beauty and kindness to people around her.

The 2-day training programme also included motivational talks, posture practice and catwalk training sessions arranged by Universe Peace Studio (UPS).

The Peacebuilders Network is a joint initiative of UPF Malaysia, Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia, Ajar-ajar Malaysia, PERSATUAN KEBAJIKAN ASAS PULAU PINANG – PKAPP PPM-030-070-19102016, Malaysia OBOR Development Chamber of Commerce, IREAM – Industry 4.0 Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia, My SeedsBank, and World Humanitarian Malaysia.

Peacebuilders Network Webinar Series II

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On 29 March 2023, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia and World Humanitarian Drive Malaysia co-organised a webinar with the theme, Confessions and Compliments in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2023. Six prominent women leaders representing various sectors were interviewed for their enduring achievements in their respective disciplines.

For UPF Malaysia, the National President, Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam gave the welcome remarks where he lauded the partnership as well commended the important role of women. While for WHD Malaysia, Prof Dato Dr GP Doraisamy gave the opening remarks. The session was moderated jointly by Dr Cherry from WHD and Pia from UPF.

The UPF Malaysia guest speakers included Prof. Dr. Umah Rani Kuppusamy from University Malaya, Puan Norhayati Noordin, from Rasuah Busters, and Ms Annie Ling from Personality and Human Relations (PRH) Malaysia.

The three speakers from WHD Malaysia included Ms Preeti Dubey from Rotary Club of Singapore Heartlands, Singapore, Dr Leena from Yemen Women Refugees in Malaysia (UNHCR) and Prof Dr Dana from Central Luzon State University, Philippines.

Also playing the role as a caregiver of the family, the women leaders confessed their struggles and challenges in juggling between work and family life while pursuing their careers. They highlighted the importance of receiving support from their families and community as one of the key factors in determining their success. Each speaker also passionately shared about their endeavours and aspirations to improve the well-being of the community through their respective fields including good governance, education and social empowerment.

15th Annual General Meeting of 2023

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The 15th Annual General Meeting of 2023 was held on 18 March 2023 to conclude a year of fulfilling activities.

National President, Asst. Prof. Sudesh greeted all members of UPF Malaysia. He spoke about the transition of UPF events from online to hybrid and to physical events in 2022. He mentioned that National Unity is the key force to propel our country forward and applauded the accomplishments of UPF Malaysia in 2022 as a result of the dedicated efforts of all UPF members.

Mr. Ng Shu Lin (Nick), Secretary of UPF Malaysia, guided the flow of the AGM. Pn Sri Sarasa Pasamanickam, State Chair of Johor Chapter, Mdm Shanta represented by Ms. Tan Yee Wen, State Chair of Selangor Chapter, Mr. Letchumanan Doraisamy, State Chair of Perak Chapter and Mr. Alagesan Ayaru, State Chair of Penang Chapter presented their activities report from the respective states. Council member, Ms. Tan Wan was invited to present on the activities organised by UPF Malaysia’s headquarters while Mr. Lai Peng Keong presented on the UPF International Highlights. Mr. Teo Siz Boon (Simon), Treasurer of UPF Malaysia, presented the accounts report.

A certificate of appreciation was presented by President and Secretary to the UPF Malaysia Committee 2020-2022 to appreciate their hard work and contributions. A new UPF Committee for 2023-2025 was elected.

Guest Speaker at the Installation of the 45th President of Rotary Club of Kinta

UPF President, Asst Prof Sudesh was invited as the Guest Speaker at the Installation of the 45th President of Rotary Club of Kinta on 4th March 2023 at the Ipoh City and Country Club.

March being recognized as World Peace Understanding Month, Asst Prof Sudesh spoke on the topic of Peace Resilience Within and Across Communities.

The incoming president, Mr. Lohanathan Vadivelu, reiterated the 2022-23 international presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, calling for all to dream big and take action. He thanked Asst Prof Sudesh and Universal Peace Federation for being part of the august occasion. Also in presence were Assistant Governor Sonny Leong, the Board of Directors, and guests.

President Sudesh, highlighted the importance of wholeheartedly embracing the concept of Madani, and especially emphasising the need for care and compassion in our society. He emphasised the need to work together with the ethic of living for the sake of others.

Last year, Rotary Club Kinta and UPF Perak chapter successfully organised the Malaysia Leadership Seminar with YB Kesavan and YB Sivakumar as the guests. UPF looks forward to greater collaboration and partnership among NGOs and clubs like Rotary to address urban poverty and other societal problems.

Entrepreneurs raise funds for charity

PETALING JAYA: On 18 February 2023, a group of entrepreneurs from the Industry 4.0 Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia (IREAM) successfully raised over RM80k in cash aid for education-based charity projects benefitting B40 communities in a fund-raising dinner held at the Peace Embassy.

Jointly organised by IREAM, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia, Womenโ€™s Federation for World Peace Malaysia and Ajar-ajar Malaysia, the event gathered some 160 participants in the Peace Embassy hall.

The charity dinner kicked off with an auspicious and lively lion dance by the talented children of Ti-Ratana Welfare Society. The opening ceremony was witnessed by Datuk Pahamin Rajab, Trustee of Perdana Global Peace Foundation and Board Advisor of UPFM who received the prosperity lettuce from the lions together with his wife.

In his welcoming speech, the President of UPFM, Assistant Professor Sudesh Balasubramaniam said, โ€œCare and compassion in all segments of society are fundamental to a thriving society.โ€

โ€œJust imagine if we wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Madani – to build a sustainable and prosperous Malaysia based on care and compassion, mutual respect, innovation, and trust, then Malaysia is surely set for growth and prosperity for all,โ€ he explained.

Professor Fan Ka Chun, who is the President of IREAM, recorded his appreciation to all sponsors and well-wishers.

โ€œWe all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant social and economic impact on Malaysiansโ€ฆmany are still suffering from the aftereffects. Your contribution and mutual efforts can help make a change in the lives of families and communities.โ€

The organisers aim to raise a total of RM228,000 in order to fund three projects which will benefit deserving communities. These projects will provide humanitarian aid for 2,000 needy families, laptops for undergraduate women, and free tuition for 200 underprivileged kids in the year 2023.

Poverty erects all kinds of barriers such as poor nutrition, lack of school supplies, and decreased opportunities as well as the motivation to pursue an education. The B-40 groups are especially vulnerable.

The main highlight of the dinner was an exciting charity auction, which saw philanthropists bidding for several items such as hand-crafted historical figurines from China as well as a very rare freshwater Empurau fish from Sarawak and a TeraHertz Healthy Water Device.

The items on auction were donated by Prof Dato Christopher Won, Datuk Ravend Naiker and THZ(M) Sdn Bhd respectively. All proceeds from the auction will be channeled to fund the charity educational projects.

Participants also enjoyed entertaining song performances, multi-cultural dances as well as a delicious buffet dinner with traditional Yee Sang or โ€˜prosperity tossโ€™, both sponsored by Assistant Professor Ts. William Lee.

The event concluded with the presentation of 12 hampers and cash aid by Prof Datuk Jerard Gan JP and Prof Dato Christopher Won to the children of Persatuan Anak Yatim dan Ibu Tunggal Hajah Kamariah and B-40 communities from Selangor.