Klang Valley youth clean up mud from flood-hit school in Kelantan

Ready for action: Volunteers checking and distributing cleaning equipment before the start of the clean-up effort.

A group of urban youth volunteers from the Klang Valley travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Baru, Kelantan recently to clean up SMK Al-Falahiah in Pasir Pekan that was submerged in waist-deep waters during the recent floods.

The group, which calls themselves MySinarKasih, made the eight-hour journey by bus, departing from Bandar Utama Community Hall on a Friday evening.

MySinarKasih head Zulfadzli Halim said the volunteers were sad to witness the devastation in flood-ravaged Kuala Krai, which the bus passed through on their way to Kota Baru.

“Kota Baru, on the other hand, was less affected. However, SMK Falahiah was badly hit by the floods as it is located close to Sungai Kelantan which overflowed its banks.

“Many of the books, tables, chairs, cabinets, computers, laboratory equipment, beds and lockers were damaged. Fortunately, most of the rooms were locked during the flood, and this prevented the furniture from drifting outside,” said Zulfadzli.

MySinarKasih was given the task of cleaning up two blocks — a dormitory and academic block.

Zulfadzli said the mud was about 1cm thick in most areas, which made the cleaning job much easier compared to worse-hit towns.

“As equipment was limited, we had to take turns using them which slowed down the cleaning process,” he added.

The youths also learnt about working in teams, leadership, physical endurance and mental stamina while cleaning up the school.

MySinarKasih’s next cleaning trip will involve a larger group of volunteers with three buses going to Tanah Merah, Kelantan to help clean schools, a mosque and homes.

For details, call Syahid at 012-354 6624.

They also need donations to purchase equipment such as water jets, brushes, swipes, boots and gloves and to pay for the food, fuel and accommodation costs for the journey. .

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