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On 2 July 2024, a 30-member delegation from the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Asia Pacific, led by Hon. Ek Nath, Chairman of UPF and International Association of Parliamentarians for World Peace (IAPP) Asia Pacific, paid a courtesy visit to YB Tan Sri Datoโ€™ (Dr.) Johari bin Abdul, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Malaysia.
The friendship meeting, held at the auditorium of the Parliament of Malaysia also included 10 Members of Parliament and senators from Malaysia.
The Speaker warmly welcomed the delegation, emphasizing the crucial role of international organizations like UPF in promoting peace and cooperation in the Asia Pacific region. Hon. Ek Nath delivered a presentation highlighting the Asia Pacific Union’s initiatives aimed at fostering regional collaboration and peace-building efforts.
An engagement session followed, whereby Asst. Prof. Sudesh G. Balasubramaniam, President of UPF Malaysia, provided insights into UPFM’s peace-building efforts. Representatives from Korea, including Hon. Yi Young Ho, former Member of National Assembly of Republic of Korea and Dr. Kim Seog Jin, Senior Advisor of UPF Korea and Japan’s Mr. Masaichi Hori, also Co-Chair of UPF Asia Pacific, exchanged greetings, highlighting the significance of parliamentary cooperation in fostering mutual understanding and shared prosperity.
The visit concluded with a guided tour of Parliament, providing delegates with a deeper understanding of Malaysia’s legislative processes and historical significance.
Overall, the courtesy visit was a testament to UPFโ€™s shared commitment with Malaysian parliamentary representatives towards fostering peace and cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.

UPF main delegation had a meeting with the Speaker and Members of Parliament of Malaysia
The Speaker, YB Tan Sri Datoโ€™ (Dr.) Johari bin Abdul, presented a commemorative book to Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Chairman of UPF Asia Pacific.
YB Tan Sri Datoโ€™ (Dr.) Johari bin Abdul, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Malaysia, received the UPF Asia Pacific delegation with a warm welcoming speech.
Keynote remarks by Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Chairman of UPF and International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) Asia Pacific
Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam, President of UPF Malaysia, provided insights into UPFM’s peace-building efforts.
Mr Masaichi Hori presented a flower bouquet to Tan Sri Speaker.
Members of Parliament from Malaysia and the delegation from Korea and Japan at the meeting.
Guided Parliament Tour

Tomorrowโ€™s Leaders, Todayโ€™s Peacebuilders

UPF Malaysia welcomed Mr Ronnie Sodusta, the President of the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) Asia Pacific at the Peace Embassy on 24th May 2024. Mr Ronnie was on a working visit while also being invited as a panel speaker at the Rotary ASEAN Peacebuilders conference where UPF Malaysia is a Strategic Partner.

With YB Hannah Yeoh as the guest of honour, Mr Ronnie delivered a presentation sharing best practices on peacebuilding titled, “Empowering Youth as Agents of Peace”. “The youth have many creative ideas to address current issues. We’re not here just to listen but want to be heard and be involved in decision-making processes,” explained Mr. Ronnie while highlighting the Peace Designer Project which empowers the youth to participate in solving real-life problems.

UPF Malaysia through the Peacebuilder Network fosters collaboration among those with diverse abilities to nurture dialogue, collaboration, and enquiry on ways to build strong communities around socially relevant principles and practices.

The conference, held in Parkroyal Collection, Kuala Lumpur on 25 May 2024 gathered 200 youths and leaders from various NGOs from 6 countries to discuss critical issues affecting society including mental health, climate change and the role of youths in peacebuilding.

Circle of Light Balakong

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On 13 April 2024, 40 packs of brown rice and healthy food items were given away to deserving families under UPF Malaysiaโ€™s Circle of Light humanitarian aid programme held recently at the Community Hall of Kampung Batu 11, Balakong in Selangor.

Representing ADUN Balakong, YB Wayne Ong was Councillor of MPKJ Zone 4, Mr Edwin Tang Wei Yong, who distributed the food packages to the families accompanied by Mdm Tan Wan, Treasurer of UPF Malaysia and Mdm Wan Yu Wang, Co-founder of Ajar-ajar Malaysia.

The event also included character education sessions themed โ€œSpring to Lifeโ€ conducted by volunteers of Ajar-Ajar Malaysia Sungai Long for the 70 participating parents and children. Besides strengthening family bonds and relationships, the programme also promoted awareness on healthy eating habits through interactive activities.

We thank all generous sponsors for sharing your love to the families through nutritious and healthy food. Special thanks to Prof Datuk Jerard Gan and Prof Dato Christopher Won for sponsoring brown rice for the 40 needy families.

Memorial Gathering for the late Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan

On 2 February 2024, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia organized a solemn and heartfelt Memorial Gathering to honor the life and legacy of the late Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan, a distinguished Ambassador for Peace, former President, and senior board member of UPF Malaysia at her residence at Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

The event commenced with a symbolic and touching flower offering, symbolizing respect and remembrance for Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan. Mr. Joachim Ng, the Master of Ceremony, welcomed the attendees and set the tone for the evening, creating an atmosphere of reverence and reflection.

An excerpt from the founder’s autobiography was read, providing insights about leaving behind a legacy of love. A video presentation showcased the remarkable contributions and achievements of Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan, highlighting her dedication to the cause of peace and her impactful role within UPF Malaysia.

Asst. Prof. Sudesh G. Balasubramaniam, President of UPF Malaysia, delivered a heartfelt speech, expressing gratitude for Tan Sri Devaki’s leadership and emphasizing the enduring impact of her work on promoting peace. Datin Dr. Jayanthi Krishnan, daughter of Tan Sri Dr. Devaki, and a council member of UPF Malaysia expressed her gratitude to the UPF family for organising the memorial event and recalled how her lovely mother brought her into the UPF family. She mentioned that the UPF family had brought a lot of unforgettable memories to her mother.

Tribute messages from Dr. Thomas Walsh, Senior Advisor of UPF International, Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Chairman of UPF Asia Pacific, and other international leaders of UPF and UPF Malaysia’s Board of Advisors were played to commemorate the contributions of Tan Sri Dr. Devaki. The evening concluded with a moment of silent reflection, allowing attendees to pay their respects in their own way and remember Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan in their hearts.

As a touching tribute, the nurse of Tan Sri Dr. Devaki, Ms. Myra from the Philippines presented a song, adding a personal touch to the event and underscoring the profound impact Tan Sri Devaki had on those around her.

The Memorial Gathering of Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan served as a tribute to a life dedicated to the pursuit of peace. It united attendees in shared memories and gratitude for the remarkable legacy left behind by this exemplary Ambassador for Peace.

Memorial Video: https://youtu.be/W5ZfueHS_Y0

Condolence Message Videos:

1. https://youtu.be/f5IBJkrfvcE

2. https://youtu.be/aP5cD2WWqRk

“Giving Back” Youth Service Project

70 youths and students gathered at SJK(T) Sungai Manggis, Banting, Selangor on 27 January 2024, a Saturday morning for the community service project themed โ€œGiving Backโ€. This project was organised by Ajar-Ajar Malaysia to promote volunteerism and public-mindedness among youth and students through community service.

The project was supported by the Parliamentary Service Center of Kuala Langat, ADUN Banting, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia, Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia and Pertubuhan Pembangunan Dan Pendidikan Masyarakat Daerah Kuala Langat (PPPMDKL).

Mr. Haridass Ramasamy, Kuala Langat Parliamentary Coordinator and ADUN Banting,YB Papparaidu Veraman represented by Councillor from Kuala Langat Municipal Council, Mr. Tan Wee King were among the special guests who attended this one-day event.

In his opening remarks, Mr Haridass commended the organisers for putting up this meaningful programme as a precious opportunity for the young students to engage in community service in addition to growing their leadership skills.

The participants, consisting of students from the Tamil school and youth volunteers from local universities and colleges, worked in groups guided by school teachers and staff. The youth and students spent the morning beautifying the school premises by planting mulberry saplings, decorating used tyres with paint as well as re-painting the school fence.

In the second part of the programme, participants attended an inspiring sharing session by youth trainer, Ms Goh Ping In. She led the youth in group discussions to identify social issues faced by the local community and propose creative solutions to address these issues. Among the issues discussed were vandalism, cyberbullying, flash floods, and others.

“We wish to work with like-minded organisations and institutions to create more platforms for the young generation to develop good character while discovering their talents and leadership qualities through service for others,” said Mr Lai Peng Keong, Secretary General of Universal Peace Federation.

One of the college students who was an alumni of the school found the social service programme to be very fun and rewarding and would like to encourage his friends to participate in volunteer activities.

In the closing ceremony, Councillor Mr Tan Wee King presented certificates to all participants after sharing words of encouragement to the students. The event concluded with the distribution of food baskets by Datoโ€™ Gopi Nathan Arunachalam, President of PPPMDKL and Ambassador for Peace of UPF, Mdm Lina Cheng, President of WFWP Malaysia and Mr. Joachim Ng, Vice President of UPF Malaysia to 20 disadvantaged families in the area of Banting.

Also present at the event was Mdm Ng Hwee Bee, Organising Chairperson of โ€œGiving Backโ€ Youth Service Project, Mdm Lina Cheng, President of WFWP Malaysia, Mr. Joachim Ng, Vice President of UPF Malaysia and Mr. Muniyandy a/l Rangaswamy, Principal of SJK(T) Sungai Manggis.

Character Education Initiative Sungai Way

UPF Malaysia distributed rice packs and groceries for 50 needy families under the Circle of Light humanitarian aid programme held recently at Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya on 13 January 2024.

During the event, parents and children also participated in character education sessions themed “Speak Out Your Love”, organised by Ajar-ajar Sungai Way with the support of student volunteers from University of Malaya.

YB Lim Yi Wei, ADUN of Kampung Tunku, who was the special guest of the event, encouraged the school children to invest more efforts in their studies. She mentioned that today’s actions determine tomorrow’s achievements and call for joint efforts to build healthy and caring families, communities for a better nation.

The children, parents, and volunteers found the programme to be very meaningful and beneficial. The kids were very happy, being able to express their love and appreciation to their parents and the volunteers who have mentored them for the past 6 months. Parents also felt closer to their children through the parent-child interactive games.

A big thank you to YB Lim Yi Wei, Mr Ong Yew Thai, MPKK Kg Baru Seri Setia, Ajar-ajar Malaysia and all generous sponsors for the contribution and support.

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A cordial year-end gathering of members and associates of Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia and Women’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia was held on 20 December 2023 at the Peace Embassy.

President of UPF Malaysia, Asst Prof Sudesh Balasubramaniam, delivered a warm welcoming speech, expressing his appreciation for the 70 guests for their ongoing support for the association.

Present at the gathering was special guest – Mdm Fauzia Annie Andanar, Special Assistant to former President of Philippines and Ambassador for Peace.

In a sharing session on the topic โ€œHarmony in diversity – nurturing peace in a Globalized Worldโ€, moderated by Mr Joachim Ng, Vice President of UPF Malaysia, Mdm Annie shared her vast knowledge and experience as a peacebuilder transcending national borders.

โ€œWorld peace begins with a commitment to introspection, a willingness to question our biases, and an openness to engage with perspectives that may differ from ours. True harmony is not the absence of differences but the ability to navigate them gracefully and respectfully.โ€

Mdm Annie also highlighted the importance of embracing diversity and practising inclusivity in protecting the rights of marginalized groups as well as gender equality.

A token of appreciation was presented to Mdm Annie by Mdm Lina Cheng, President of WFWP Malaysia at the end of the session.

Also, Mr Lai Peng Keong, Secretary General of UPF Malaysia, informed the participants on an upcoming fundraising initiative in May 2024 in support of several local community-building projects.

Datuk Muhammad Nasir Hamzah, Member of Board of Advisors of UPF Malaysia, in his closing remarks, urged all leaders to unite together to address national issues including corruption and security threats posed by illegal immigration in order to build a peaceful society.

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