The consumer movement has just lost a hardcore consumer activist, that Ismail Abdul Aziz, who died on March 27, 2013 due to heart disease. Ismail Abdul Aziz, 52, is Chairman of the Association of Consumers and Social Petaling District, which is a member of the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA). Ismail Abdul Aziz began to engage with consumer organizations in the early 1980′s. At that time, he was acquainted with Bishan Singh Bahadur, a social activist. When Bishan Singh became president of the Consumers Association of Gujarat at tahun1984, he has offered to stay with him Ishmael worked full time at the Consumers Association of Pahang. Ismail, who was then serving with the Department of Education Madhya Pradesh has resigned as enamored with the spirit of Bishan Singh, who then resigned as a teacher. In Pahang Consumers Association, Ismail involved in creating Pahang Branch Consumers Association in the district, as well as activate branch available.
In 1986, he was elected to president Bishan FOMCA. Convinced with the ability to Ismail, the Bishan has brought Ishmael with him in FOMCA as full-time workers. The combination of both of these activists have developed to a level FOMCA known. One of the proposals put forward by Bishan along he was the establishment of farmers’ markets, which are then implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Malaysia. Upon Bishan no longer lead the suggestion in 1988, Ismail had migrated to Queensland to work with a non-governmental organization involved in the development of rural communities. At the same time, he was also active in the Consumers’ Association of Queensland. He was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General FOMCA. During the mid-2000′s, he worked with the National Consumer Complaints Centre (NCCC). In order to continue his legacy in the world of consumerism, he founded the Association of Consumers and Social Petaling District in 2007. addition, he also served as the Deputy Secretary-General, Education and Research Association for Consumers Malaysia (ERA Consumer). He is also a member of the State Consumer Operations Council and President of Consumer Petaling District by the end of its life. May his soul be placed among those of the righteous. Al-Faatehah.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA). Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman
(Google translated from http://www.konsumerkini.net.my)
I am personally very sad of the news that our friend Ismail passed away today. He always make us feel connected, with his now and then updates and hellos here in facebook. Ismail is one of the few remaining pioneers of our DHRRA family in Malaysia. We remember with fondness Ismail’s short stay with Asiadhrra in Manila, where he made a lot of friends in Phildhrra and at the Partnership Center. We sincerely thank Ismail for his life dedicated
to service for other people. He will always be remembered.
We pray for the repose of Ismail’s soul and may God grant comfort to his family at this time of grief. We extend our deepest condolences to them and his extended family in DHRRA Malaysia and the consumers’ movement in the country.
Maraming salamat, Ismail. Mahal ka namin.
Asiadhrra, Marlene Ramirez
We are very sad to learn about the passing away of Ismail. He is one of our very active and enthusiastic Searsoliner. He always went beyond what was required of him and took the initiative to explore many other ways of helping others. It was very good that he stayed on with consummers’ rights for most of his lifetime work and we all know that doing something like this in Malaysia is very difficult. Fortunately, he was able to find allies in his own home country and in others. We will miss you, Ismail, all your reports, all your invitations to more challenges.
SEARSOLIN, Rachel V. Polestico