TEMERLOH: Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob has announced a special RM120 aid for each schoolchildren affected by the floods in the state.
He said Yayasan Pahang had been ordered to disburse the handout in the form of coupons to more than 18,000 schoolchildren.
“These coupons can be used at stores to purchase school equipments worth up to RM120.
Except for Bentong and Cameron Highlands which were not affected by the floods, the coupons will be distributed to all victims with school-going children,” Adnan said during Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s visit to Taman Sri Lebak here on Thursday.
He added that the amount should be enough to buy school uniforms, shoes and schoolbag.
Adnan said although Cameron Highlands and Bentong were not flooded, the districts would not be left out as the coupons would be given to underprivileged children and orphans instead.
“Valid coupons will bear my signature and image for I am the Yayasan Pahang chairman,” he said.
On the cleanup efforts in the wake of the floods, Adnan said groups and volunteers were welcomed to help but the state government would be the one to coordinate where assistance would be deployed.
Army officer Kpl Ujang Sharani, 43, welcomed the aid announced by Adnan as he had three schoolgoing children.
“All of their school uniforms and items have been destroyed by the flood waters. I agree with the aid given by the government as it can relief my family’s burden.
“Besides, the government should always help the people,” he said.
Kpl Ujang’s house was flooded up to the ceiling during one of the worst flood incidents to hit Temerloh.