The government has formed a special committee to oversee charities held for the oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.
The oversight committee consists of the defense ministry, Islamic ministry, gender ministry, and home ministry.
Defense minister Adam Shareef Umar will preside over committee meetings, and the co-chair is Islamic minister Dr. Ahmed Ziyad Bagir.
At a news conference on Sunday, defense minister Adam Shareef asked the citizens to support the cause as a national concern.
Minister Shareef said they have established a hotline 1440 for the effort, and that the Bank of Maldives (BML) and Islamic Bank (MIB) have opened a special account, adding that they have also opened a centre for the relief effort.
The minister said that any charity event concerning Rohingya Muslims will have to be registered with the committee, whether it be held by individuals or organizations, and that details of the donations to those events will have to be disclosed to the committee as well.
He also asked the citizens to give whatever they can for the relief effort, and support the charity drives held by organizations.