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MAKNA - National Cancer Council
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Founded 10 November 1994
Founder Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin
Type Nonprofit organization
Social enterprise
Focus Cancer
Area served
Method Financial Assistance, Treatment, Research, Awareness, Consultancy, Volunteerism
Slogan The Human Spirit can Achieve What it is Set Out to do When the Will is Able

MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional) or National Cancer Council Malaysia is a not-for-profit social enterprise mainly tasked to pool and utilize every effort, expertise and welfare from every faction of society to fight cancer and to reduce the pain, suffering and morbidity that the cancer patients often experience. It aims to provide curative care, preventive care, cancer research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public in Malaysia and throughout the world.

MAKNA registered under the Register of Societies Malaysia on 10 November 1994 and officially launched on 30 March 1995. It was founded by Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The organization is named after the Malay language word for 'meaning' (makna) and its slogan is A Meaning to Life.


Organisation of consistent cancer to those who are implemented in raising the quality of life, MAKNA for the first time in 2011 . MAKNA has been diversified to support and conduct research in basic sciences and clinical research on cancer and a healthy lifestyle . Makna is registered under the Registrar of Societies Malaysia on 10 November 1994 dan dilancarkan secara rasmi pada 30 March 1995 . MAKNA Bursary Program, which is a monetary assistance project providing financially challenged cancer types and the patients ' background . MAKNA has been diversified to support the nature of different cancer information effectively to all levels of society . Over the years, the type of services offered by MAKNA Bursary Program, which could lead to innovative treatment cost .


Dato' Mohd Farid Arifin, its founder, has vast management, organisational and entrepreneurship experience, having served as a teacher, lecturer and lawyer and later as Deputy Finance Minister (1987 – 1989) and Deputy Health Minister (1989 – 1995).

MAKNA was set up from his own family experience, and today it is a home-grown organisation fully focused on cancer.

His teenage son Farul Rafiq was 17 when diagnosed with leukemia in 1992. Farul was flown to London, England (Hammersmith Hospital) for treatment. There, he underwent a regimented treatment which included an autologous bone marrow transplant, which was not yet available in Malaysia. A few years into battling the diseases, he was finally certified cancer-free.

While recuperating at the hospital in London, Dato’ Mohd Farid’s family made a promise that on their return to Malaysia, they would set up a cancer organisation aimed to help those from lower income groups gain access to cancer treatment.

On 4 August 2011, Farul died of lung fibrosis.

People of MAKNA[edit]

President & Founder: Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin
General Manager: Farahida Mohd Farid

Board of Trustees:
YAM Tengku Puteri Lela Wangsa Pahang Tengku Tan Sri Hajah Meriam Binti Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (PSM SIMP, JP)
Toh Puan Sri Sagiyah Salikin (Wife to Chairman of PNB Tun Dato' Seri Ahmad Sarji)

Executive Committee:
Vice President: Prof Emeritus Dr Cheong Soon Keng (Dean UTAR & Heamatologist PPUKM)
Honorary Secretary: Eric Lai Tuck Sing (Lawyer, Lai & Associate)
Asst Honorary Secretary: Dato' Freida Dato' Mohd Pilus (Chairman Sek Sri Cempaka Int)
Honorary Treasurer: Zainol Talib (Chartered Fin Consultant & Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow)
Asst Honorary Treasurer: Douglas Tan Hock Kee (Exec Dir, Asian Business Solutions Sdn Bhd)

Puan Mimi Hafizan Abdul Rahman (Director of Klinik Nina)
Ms Yeo Eng Lam (MD Kemajuan Abadi Sdn Bhd)
Prof Datin Paduka Dr Aini Ideris (Deputy Vice Chancellor UPM)
Prof Dr Ishak Mat (Deputy Dir Research Advance Media & Dental Institute USM, Penang)
Prof Dr Jafri Malin Abdullah (Head of Dept Sch of Medicine HUSM Kubang Kerian, Kelantan)

MAKNA's core activities[edit]

Over the years, the type of services offered by MAKNA have been diversified to support the nature of different cancer types and the patients' background that were assisted by the organization. MAKNA's core activities are support service, treatment, education & awareness, research, fund & development and international division.

Support service[edit]

Bursary - Provides monthly financial assistance of RM150-RM500 to needy cancer patients upon referral from Hospital Medical Social Department. Intervention is provided in the form of necessities such as non-formulae drugs, surgical equipments, prosthesis, colostomy bags and wheelchairs. Every year, the Bursary programme aids over 4,000 patients with annual allocation of RM10 million.

Micro Credit - Implemented to provide small unsecured loans to cancer patients, survivors and their families for income improvement through business activities, are interest free and require no collateral.

Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship - Aims to support young cancer survivors to further their tertiary studies. Underprivileged cancer survivors aged 25 or younger with the right potential and interest will be given assistance for a better future through education.

Home Visits - All patients under the Bursary programme are visited at home by the MAKNA Home Visit Team, Volunteers and Staff to evaluate their treatment progress and socio-economic status.

Cancer Support Group MAKNA Cancer Helpline (MCH) - Toll-free helpline and infoline for cancer patients, their families and general public.

Halfway House - It is a house which allows patients and their caretakers who are from afar to stay for a short while waiting to receive treatment from the hospital. The current halfway house is located in Taman Mount Austin, Johor. MAKNA is planning to open a total of nine halfway houses in a span of two years; including three planned halfway houses in Bertam in Pulau Pinang, Kubang Kerian in Kelantan and Kuching, Sarawak.[1][2]

Volunteer Management - Volunteerism is vital to a non-profit organisation like MAKNA. Every year, more people realise the essential services that volunteers provide and seek to be part of this noble calling. By registering as volunteers they offer invaluable contribution and assistance in MAKNA's mission to help cancer sufferers and combat the disease.


Total Patients Received Treatment at PPUKM - IKM as at 2011

PPUKM - MAKNA Cancer Centre
Established in 1999, the centre comprises The Tengku Ampuan Afzan Oncology Ward, Radiotherapy, Research facilities and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit which is one of the largest in the country. In 2014, 1,396 patients received treatment at the centre.[3]


  1. ^ BERNAMA (17 March 2016). "Lapan lagi rumah perantaraan Makna bakal dibuka tahun ini". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Makna sets up halfway house in Johor Baru for cancer patients". The Star (Malaysia). 29 March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "MAKNA Annual Report 2014" (PDF). MAKNA. Retrieved 11 April 2016.