Malaysia contributes USD20 million to IDB for poor Muslim countries18-06-2007 ~ BERNAMA BACHOK, June 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has contributed USD20 million (RM70 million) to the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to help develop the economies of poor Muslim countries, especially in the African continent. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin said the contribution from Malaysia was the fifth largest, after oil rich countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. "The contribution was channelled through the Poverty Fund set up during the IDB meeting in Senegal last week," he told reporters after attending a function here today. He is also the Member of Parliament for Bachok. Dr Awang, who represented Malaysia at the three-day meeting, said the largest contribution of US$1 billion (RM3.4 billion) was from the Saudi Arabian government. He added that Malaysia, which is regarded as a successful Muslim country, had been asked to play a key role to help Muslims in other parts of the world who are plagued by poverty or pressured by the western powers.