The fundraising in University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) starting on September 27th until October 4th 2019 (Photo: Special)
The haze that surrounds Sumatra and Kalimantan Islands continue to occur. The impact of the Forest and Land Fires (Karhutla) is very disturbing residents' activities. In fact, this smoke has an impact on people's health due to inhaling polluted air.
In response to this disaster, the University Student Executive Board (BEMU) and the Student Senate (SEMA) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) held fundraising on September 27th to October 4th. The fundraising was located around UMM Campus II and III.
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The fundraising is not only done by SEMA and BEMU. But it also invites faculty senates and faculty BEMs. In collaboration with Jambi Student Association, State University of Malang, on Sunday (29/9), fundraising took place on Car Free Day, Ijen Street.
Ramdhan Noor Putra Wira Utama, Chairperson of SEMA UMM External Commission said that this activity was a form of concrete action in caring for relatives who were affected by the forest and land fires.
"Our hope is that students will always care about their fellow brothers and take part in solving the nation's current problems. As brothers and sisters in one homeland, we are obliged to help with what we have," said Putra.
Not only the community's concern but Putra also expressed his hopes to the government. He hopes the government must act decisively in handling these cases which are very disturbing to the public.
"This decisive action is mainly on individuals or related corporations who are suspected as indicated of new land cleaning," said Putra.
It is planned that the funds collected will be distributed to the Amil Zakat Lazismu Institute in Malang Regency. It is hoped that the assistance channeled through these institutions can be managed according to the needs there.
"We also hope that what we are doing is beneficial for the brothers and sisters there, our good faith will be well received by the people who receive assistance. Even though it is not much, we always try to do good,” said Putra. (joh)