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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, Women’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, “Care and compassion in all segments of society are fundamental to a thriving society.”

“Just 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,” he explained.

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

“We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant social and economic impact on Malaysians…many are still suffering from the aftereffects. Your contribution and mutual efforts can help make a change in the lives of families and communities.”

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 ‘prosperity toss’, 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.

Youth Service Project


A passionate team of 40 young volunteers ranging from students from University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Sungai Long Campus to working youth spent a day’s hard work in repainting the classrooms of SJKC Bandar Sungai Long on 5th November 2022.
The community service project themed “Youth for U #KitaConnect” kicked off with an inspiring opening speech by Universal Peace Federation Malaysia President, Mr Sudesh Balasubramaniam and a briefing by Mr Chan Yien Wei, Chairman of Ajar-ajar Malaysia Sungai Long Branch.
The task was not an easy one as it also involved the re-arrangement of the tables, cupboards, lockers and removing the wooden notice boards on the wall before the painting works could commence.
It almost seemed mission impossible at first, with the short time given and limited materials. However, despite the challenges faced, with the spirit of teamwork among the volunteers coupled with the heart to serve others, the team was able to finish painting 19 classrooms by the end of the day. The job was exhausting but meaningful as we imagine the smiles and surprises of the little school children who will be back for classes on Monday.
We are very proud of the young people and their willingness to dedicate their time and energy for the benefit of others. It is our fervent hope to nurture the youths of today to as future leaders who concern and care for the society and nation.
We sincerely thank the Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia, Bandar Mahkota Cheras Resident’s Association, the school administration, Parents-Teachers’ Association and all sponsors and supporters for giving the youth an opportunity to serve the community.

Malaysia Leadership Seminar Johor


On 15 October 2022, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Johor Chapter, Johor Consumer Welfare Association, Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia and the Lions Club of Skudai jointly organised the Malaysia Leadership Seminar (MLS) with the theme ‘Providing Vision and Leadership for Nation Building and Sustainable Peace.’

The event was held at the Trove Hotel, Johor Bahru, Johor in conjunction with the Ambassador for Peace Award ceremony. Ms. Serene Low, President of Lions Club Skudai who was also the emcee, welcomed over 80 representatives from government, NGOs, businesses, and academia in a full-packed hall.

Puan Sri Sarasa Pasamanickam as the MLS Co-Organsing Chair gave the welcoming remarks and reminded the audience that it is the power of love and not the love of power that will bring peace.

Captain S. Ragu, representative of YB Tuan Vidyananthan Ramanadhan, ADUN Kahang, delivered a short speech on behalf of YB and shared words of encouragement to the audience.

The Ambassador for Peace Award Ceremony was hosted by Mr. Joachim Ng, Vice President of UPF Malaysia. Three exemplary leaders were called to the stage to receive the prestigious international award presented on behalf of UPF International by UPF Malaysia President, Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam accompanied by Puan. Sri Sarasa Pasamanickam, Tuan Haji Meraj @ Mohammed A. Jalal and Mr Lai Peng Keong.

After the awards, three experienced speakers spoke on the theme of this leadership seminar. They were:

Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam, UPF Malaysia President

Mr. Lai Peng Keong, UPF National Liaison Director for Malaysia

Mr. Lim San Shien, President of University of Malaya Young Leaders Association

Three Associates of UPF also shared their life-changing experiences and reflection in their journey with UPF in addition to lively dancers from Kumpulan Tarian Amal Little Seed who entertained the audience with graceful traditional dances.

The seminar also saw four outstanding students from B40 families receiving refurbished laptops from WFWP Malaysia, presented by Mdm Lina Cheng, President of WFWPM. The Rasuah Busters of Johor, led by Mr Azmi CM was given a slot to promote the #MalaysiaTanpaRasuah campaign for a cleaner and corruption-free Malaysia.

Participants were really inspired and are looking forward to collaborating with UPF for the next event. We extend our sincere gratitude to all partners, sponsors and volunteers for making this seminar successful.

Malaysia Leadership Seminar – Ipoh, Perak

On 4 June 2022, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Perak Chapter and Rotary Club of Kinta jointly organised the Malaysia Leadership Seminar (MLS) with the theme ‘Selfless Leadership Creating Sustainable Peace for Family, Society, and Nation.’
The event was held at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh, Perak in conjunction with an Ambassador for Peace award ceremony.

Mr Andrew Thambiah, the emcee, welcomed over 150 representatives from government, NGOs, businesses and academia in the packed hall.

Mr. Letchumanan Doraisamy as the MLS co-organising chair gave the welcome remarks and thanked all the participants and well-wishers for making the event a grand one.

YB Tuan S. Kesavan, MP for Sungai Siput, in his welcoming remarks highlighted his participation in various UPF events internationally and locally and acknowledged its peace building initiatives. He highlighted the increasing public alarm over the current state and encouraged all to work closely with the Government to foster unity and harmony for a better Malaysia.

In his congratulatory remarks, YB Tuan V. Sivakumar, MP for Batu Gajah, commended UPF on its consistent efforts to promote sustainable peace by strengthening the marriage and family institution.

President Masaichi Hori, Co-chair of UPF Asia Pacific, who hails from Japan and is visiting Malaysia for the first time in his official capacity, shared his remarkable experience of unity in diversity of Malaysia over the few days he has been here in Malaysia. He highlighted the co-founder, Mother Moon’s vision for global peace through the principles of Mutual prosperity, Interdependence and Universal Values and encouraged all to participate in the global endeavour for peace.

The Ambassador for Peace Award Ceremony was hosted by Mr. Tan Khim Lai, Deputy President of UPF Malaysia. Seven leaders from the Parliamentarian, Humanitarian and Social Service and Youth categories were called to the stage to receive the prestigious International award presented on behalf of UPF International by President Masaichi Hori and accompanied by UPF Malaysia President, Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam.

After the awards, five distinguished speakers spoke on the theme of this leadership seminar. They were:
Dr. Julius Malicdem, Director, UPF South East Asia
Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam, UPF Malaysia President
Mr. Lai Peng Keong, UPF National Liaison Director for Malaysia
Dato Dr Siva Ananthan, District 3300 Governor Nominated, Rotary Club
Rev. Robin Arumugam, The Rotary Foundation (TRF), Chairman
Mr Joachim Ng, Vice-president of UPF Malaysia, Mr. Nagalingam Munisamy and PP SR Natharaja of Rotary Club, moderated the presentations by the speakers.

The seminar served as a fundraiser for the Circle of Light humanitarian aid and included cheque presentations from YB Tuan Kesavan and YB Tuan Sivakumar. Lively dancers from Yencci Dance Fitness Studio presented traditional dances and Madam Lina Cheng, President of Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia, presented the Studio Instructor and the dancers token of appreciation and certificates.

Dr. Vejayan Sinnasamy, Co-Chair of the Organising Committee thanked all for their participation and contribution towards the success of the event.

Courtesy Visit to Sinar Harian, Karangkraf Media Group

On 31 May 2022, Pres. Masaichi Hori, Co-Chair of UPF Asia Pacific and Dr. Julius Malicdem, Director of UPF South East Asia paid a courtesy visit to Datuk Muhammad Nasir Hamzah, Deputy Chairman of Karangkraf Media Group arranged by UPF Malaysia at the Headquarter of Karangkraf in Shah Alam.

During the visit, UPF and Sinar discussed on collaboration opportunities to promote values of harmony and peace in the family for nation-building. Datuk Nasir was also nominated as Advisor for the International Media Association for Peace (IMAP) Asia Pacific.

Datuk Nasir introduced Sinar Harian (Sinar Daily) as the only independent media company in Malaysia and has recently embarked on the Rasuah Busters (Corruption Busters) initiative to create awareness among the public.

In an interview, Pres. Hori expressed his hopes for the media to play the role of “window” for people’s voice and express the views of the silent majority.

“The support of the media towards NGOs is especially important to in upholding good moral values in society,” said Pres. Hori.

Meanwhile, Asst Prof Sudesh, President of UPF Malaysia, explained that UPF Malaysia is focusing on programmes advocating ‘selfless leadership’, a leadership ethic which puts the benefit of others before our own for the sake of greater good.

“We are inspired by Sinar’s ideals and values and believe this collaboration will help equip our future young leaders with moral leadership to save our country.”

Also present were Mr. Rozaid Abdul Rahman, Group Editor-in-Chief of Sinar Harian Group, Mr Lai Peng Keong, National Liaison Director of UPF Malaysia, Mr Joachim Ng, Vice President of UPF Malaysia and Mdm. Lina Cheng, President of Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia.

Read the news article on the courtesy visit here:


UPF Malaysia welcomes President Masaichi Hori

31 May 2022, UPF, WFWP, CPF, AAM and TIMD Malaysia jointly hosted a Raya Dinner Gathering at the Peace Embassy. The dinner was held to welcome the Co-Chair of UPF Asia Pacific, President Masaichi Hori and the Director of UPF SEA, Dr Julius Malicdem and as an appreciation and networking dinner with over 40 guests and partners.

Ms Yee Wen, Assistant Secretary of UPF Malaysia hosted the event as the emcee and welcomed all to the gathering in the spirit of togetherness, peace and love of Aidilfitri.

Dr Amir Farid Isahak, chairman of InSaf Interfaith Fellowship and member of Board of Advisors, UPF Malaysia offered a doa to bless the occasion. Datuk Pahamin Rajab, representing the Board of Advisors of UPF Malaysia gave the welcome remarks. He shared about his journey with UPF and thanked the UPF Malaysia leadership for being active despite the pandemic.

Mr Lai Peng Keong, Director for National Liaison UPF, introduced President Hori. President Hori, in his remarks, recognised the collaborative works of the peace movement in Malaysia despite the pandemic. This is his first visit to Malaysia and shared about his pleasant encounter with the diversity of Malaysian culture. Dr. Julius later expressed his hopes for Malaysia to organise a leadership conference at Asia Pacific level, as an opportunity for leaders in the region to come together, exchange ideas and contribute in peace building initiatives.
The hosts Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam, Madam Lina Cheng, Mr Ng Shu Lin, Dr Suhaizy, Ms Goh representing UPF Malaysia, WFWP Malaysia, CPF Malaysia, TIMD Malaysia and Ajar Ajar Malaysia took turns to thank their partners and associates.

The merriment continued with Mr Albert and Mr Lito belting out a number of songs.

Datuk Muhammad Nasir Hamzah, Deputy Chairman of the Karangkraf Media Group, Advisor of Rasuah Busters, and member of UPF Malaysia board of advisors gave the closing remarks and appealed all to collaborate to promote family values, peace and universal harmony for a peaceful Malaysia.

Iftar Ramadan with Karangkraf Rasuah Busters


Representatives from UPF Malaysia and Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia attended an Iftar (Break fast) Ramadan hosted by Rasuah Busters at Karangkraf, Shah Alam on 22nd of April.

Prior to breaking fast, Datuk Nasir Hamzah, the co-founder of Karangkraf, Puan Nurhayati Dato’ Nordin, CEO Rasuah Busters, together with their secretariat team conducted a briefing on their activities and explored opportunities on collaborating with UPF and the coalition of partners to curb corruption.

UPF and WFWP representatives commended the work of Rasuah Busters to rid corruption while President Sudesh reiterated UPF’s peace principles that called on each of us to transform ourselves and become people of character based on the ethic of ‘live for the sake of others’. Promoting good values and working on this common platform, there would be much synergy.

The iftar Ramadan gathering was a traditional one with all seated on the floor, breaking fast with dates followed by other delicacies.
Deepest appreciation to the host and UPF looks forward to working together with Rasuah Busters as it’s coalition partner for a corruption free society and nation.

Visitation to Peace Children Care Center, Penang

Representatives from UPF Malaysia HQ paid a visit to the Peace Children Care Center (PCCC) in Penang on the 19th of March. The PCCC, founded by Mr. Alagesan Ayaru, who is also the UPF Penang Chapter Chairman, currently houses 12 children aged 4-12 years. In her brief introduction, Ms. Jayanthi Kandayah, the Secretary of PCCC, explained that the children came from various backgrounds with a tragic past, including broken homes.

The young children welcomed all guests with a few songs sung in 4 different languages, moving and touching hearts with their pure and innocent voices. President of UPF Malaysia, Mr. B. Sudesh presented the Circle of Light Distinguished Humanitarian Award to PCCC, represented by Mr. Alagesan, in recognition of the home’s founding principles which exemplify the ideals of living for the sake of others.

As part of the Circle of Light Humanitarian Aid Initiative by UPF, goodie bags containing stationeries and other gifts were given to all children by the EXCOs of UPF. The children also presented their ‘Peace Dove’ handcrafts to all guests as a token of appreciation. The gathering ended with a delicious home-cooked dinner sponsored by UPF.

Malaysia Leadership Seminar, 20 March 2022

SEBERANG JAYA: Two prominent community leaders, well known among the Penangites for
their dedication and ongoing contribution towards peace and harmony in society were
presented the Ambassador For Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). They
are Dato Ramachandran Muthiah, the Executive Director of Penang Hindu Endowment
Board and Dr Gunasegaran Ramiah Pillai, Advisor, Malaysia Hindudharma Mamandram

The Award was presented by UPF Malaysia National President, Mr Sudesh Balasubramaniam
and UPF National Liaison Director, Mr Lai Peng Keong during the Malaysia Leadership
Seminar at The Light Hotel, Seberang Jaya, Penang on 20 March 2022.

The international award is part of a global network of leaders that honours achievement
and signifies a new appointment to a mission to serve the common good.

Some 60 participants comprising of government officials, professionals and NGO leaders
were present at the event, with YB A. Kumaresan, the State Assemblyman of Batu Uban as
the Guest of Honour. The seminar, themed “Providing Vision and Leadership for Peace”
offered several presentations on applying peace principles for sustainable development.

“In the recent years, there is an increasing public alarm about the current state of national
unity and social harmony… I would like to call upon all the Ambassadors for Peace, peace
loving delegates to work closely with the government to foster unity and harmony for a
better Malaysia,” said YB Kumaresan in his closing remarks.

YB Kumaresan ADUN Batu Uban

The seminar was also a fundraiser for the Peace Children Care Center (PCCC) in Penang. The
home currently houses 12 children aging 4-12 years old who come from broken families.
Mr Alagesan Ayaru, one of the founding members of PCCC and the President of Persatuan
Kebajikan Asas Pulau Pinang (PKAPP) thanked all the sponsors for the generous contribution
for the home.

PCCC Charity Beneficiary Children Performance

Cordial Invitation to the 44th installation of Rotary Club of Kinta President


In conjunction with the 44th installation of Rotary Club of Kinta President, President of UPF Malaysia, Mr Sudesh Balasubramaniam was invited as a Guest Speaker on the topic of World Peace and Understanding. YB M. Kulasegaran, MP Ipoh Barat, was the Guest of Honour.
Also representing UPF were Mr D. Letchumanan, Ms Carol Cheng and Mr Simon Teo, UPF Perak Chapter Deputy Chair, Ms Carol was recognized at the said event for humanitarian activities.

𝘗𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰: 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 Dr Vejayan Sinnasamy 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 44𝘵𝘩 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘊𝘭𝘶𝘣 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢 (16 𝘍𝘦𝘣 2022)