SOME 140 traders from the Malaysian Tomyam Traders Association (Pertom) have gone on a flood relief mission to Kelantan.
Their convoy left for their destination from the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week.
Through the collective efforts of members, RM70,000 was raised to buy goods for the flood victims.
Kelantan Flood Victims Relief Mission 2014 chairman Wan Samsuddin Wan Husin said the items included rice, pillows, telekung (women’s prayer robe), prayer mats and medicine.
The convoy, comprising 47 four-wheel-drive vehicles, will deliver the goods to several locations including Kampung Limau Kasturi, Dabung and Manek Urai.
Present for the flag-off was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.
Nancy said flood victims in areas such as Kuala Krai and Tanah Merah really needed help.
She added that while the Government had provided basic necessities such as food and shelter, the victims still needed help.
“We need assistance from everyone, including non-governmental organisations, to fulfil the victims’ many needs.”
She commended the traders for their efforts to reach out to those in need.
Samsuddin added that this was the first time the association was making the trip as a group.
“Many traders had made individual trips to Kelantan to help the victims earlier,’’he said, adding that Pertom may organise a trip to Terengganu later.