Phnom Penh (FN), Sept. 3 – Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, highly commended the achievement of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC)'s humanitarian activities; and praised Cambodia’s rapid development under the roof of peace, stability, solidarity, and independence.
The commendation and praise were conveyed at a courtesy call on Samdech Kittipritbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, head of CRC, at the CRC headquarter in Phnom Penh on 3 September 2019.
Dr. Siti Hasmah praised the long history of CRC, which was established since 1955 for humanitarian causes, especially proud of the achievement over the last 20 years under the leadership of Samdech Bun Rany Hun Sen since 1998.
Dr. Siti Hasmah informed Honorable Bun Rany Hun Sen that under the new leadership of Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, they initiated the World Peace Fund, which aims to bring peace of mind to students in order to maintain national unity.
Dr. Siti Hasmah also conveyed her heartfelt thanks to the Honorable Bun Rany Hun Sen for her warm hospitality during the visit to CRC, and spoke highly of Cambodian Red Cross's humanitarian achievements in alleviating the suffering of people, regardless of their political, religious, or ethnic affiliation.
Honorable Bun Rany Hun Sen, in return, expressed her support for the partnership between the Cambodian Red Cross and the Malaysian Red Crescent on the exchange of 40 Malaysian Crescent volunteers to CRC in Siem Reap province.
It is worth noting that Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and spouse landed Cambodia on Monday 9:40 a.m for an official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia from 2-4 September 2019, at the invitation of Prime Minister Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Cambodian Red Cross is officially recognized by the Royal Government as the primary auxiliary to the public authorities in humanitarian services. It was recognized by the International Committee on 7 October 1960, and admitted as a Member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on 8 October 1960. Today, the CRC delivers a plethora of programs including health care, and distributing information on the Movement's Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values and Disaster Response and Preparedness activities throughout Cambodia. The organization has a comprehensive network of 24 branches throughout all provinces in the Kingdom, with some 126,318 members; and a network of more than 5,700 Red Cross Volunteers (RCV) and 5,300 Red Cross Youth (RCY) all uniting to deliver services and implement programs to meet the needs in contemporary Cambodian society.