THE All Malaysia Malayalee Association (AMMA) is organising a national fundraising drive in aid of the massive floods that caused untold devastation and misery to people living in Kerala, India.
Newly appointed Amma president Datuk Rajan Menon said all Amma affiliates (samajams) were coordinating the collection of donations and relief aid with affiliates in various states to alleviate the suffering and hardship of the flood victims in the southern Indian state.
“We sympathise with the people in Kerala in the wake of the calamity that has claimed many lives and wreaked havoc and widespread destruction in the state.
“Our thoughts and concern go out to the many victims and their families. Amma is in the midst of coordinating relief aid to the affected flood victims,” said Rajan.
“Some of our affiliate members have supplied blankets, clothes and other necessities to the relevant aid agencies in Kerala.”
He said many Malaysians have close family ties and roots in Kerala and empathise with their suffering and plight.
“We appeal to all our members and the wider Malaysian community to donate generously to alleviate the hardship and suffering of the people in Kerala who share a close-knit bond and ancestral ties with the Malaysian Malayalee diaspora,” he added.
Rajan said for a start, Amma will donate RM20,000 from its charity fund to ease the plight of the worst affected victims in Kerala.
Kerala has been severely hit by massive floods since May 29 this year following a deluge and heavy rains that forced the authorities to open the shutters on all its dams in an unprecedented move to avoid further loss of lives and destruction.
More than 700,000 people have sought shelter in various camps throughout the state after floodwaters ravaged their homes and left many dead. The floods that left the state virtually paralysed, was described as the worst in recent years.
Rajan, who was elected Amma executive council president at the 43rd Annual Delegates Conference in August, urged those who wished to assist the flood victims to contribute generously to the All Malaysia Malayalee Association donation drive.
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