KUALA LUMPUR, December 16 – Civil society, civil society and individuals who have worked in Malaysia to combat the HIV epidemic, civil society and business leaders said.
speaks Malay Mail The Tun Du Siti Hasmah Prize on Saturday, the leader of civil society and a major human rights lawyer, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevas, stated that the efforts of non-governmental organizations and ordinary individuals on HIV should be recognized.
"I'm glad to hear the marvelous work not only to the Malaysian AIDS Council, including the common people, individuals and non-governmental action. The award recipient is now an amazing woman, but see how quietly she will do the job and continue with it. I think it is great that the Council will identify such people. "
Ambiga referred to the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Prize winner, Matron Fadzilah Abdul Hamid, who has spent the last 30 years dealing with HIV-infected women and children.
"I think that non-governmental organizations have done a great job with their help and training," he added.
Ambiga added that she was inspired by support tonight for a serious HIV epidemic.
Ancom's CEO Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei, who was also present in the prize ceremony, said tonight this event indicates that the myth and false information surrounding HIV is to be addressed.
"Tonight it is clear that ignorance must be overcome and people need to know how to treat them with AIDS.
"Some of them did not get the disease deliberately, so it is important that we all treat them with mankind and care.
"But tonight, the most important thing is that there are a lot of good people there," he added.
In the prize-giving ceremony, Prof. Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, said that it is now a matter of political will to deal with the epidemic more effectively.
"The global response to AIDS has changed from the disease we could not talk to, the political program that the leaders of the state and the government are leading, but not just the presidents and prime ministers who play their part.
"We must all take care of these difficult discussions to include drug use, LGBT and the protection of genuine human rights, so that everybody is entitled to good health everywhere, no matter who we are and whom we love," he said.
Dr. Adeeba also acknowledged that civil society has done a lot to fight the HIV epidemic in the country and hoped that the new Pakatan Harapan administration will recognize its efforts.
"We in civil society have been greatly exhorted in this new and enlightened government that our values are more valued in improving overall public health commitment and especially in HIV responses.
"Civil society has changed Malaysia – now, let it do more," he said.