Call to set up joint committee for help

Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah (right) checking the stock of rice purchased through funds raising activities for affected flood victims.

KUANTAN: Chinese associations in the east coast states should set up a joint committee in wake of the recent floodings.

Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said the joint committee could take immediate action to help the people in the event of major tragedies such as floods, fires or landslides.

Pheng said presently, assistance in cash and kind would be rendered only after a disaster had occurred.

“This is not the right strategy and I proposed to set up a joint committee involving major Chinese associations in Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

“A revolving fund should also be put in place so that assistance can be distributed promptly to affected victims,” he said after inspecting food items purchased through various fund-raising activities for the benefit of flood victims.

Pheng said Hua Zong would take the lead and start a donation drive to raise an initial capital if the proposal was accepted by all.

On the items, he said it would be distributed to the recipients in stages and priority would be given to badly hit areas and those facing a critical shortage of food supply.

Kuantan Chinese Associations chairman Datuk Chow Liong said a fund-raising drive would be initiated to raise money to purchase school items.

Chow said many students who had their books and uniforms damaged by the floods needed urgent assistance before school starts.

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