Orang Asli flood victims get aid from comedian’s team

The Hope Branch team during its mission to deliver supplies to Orang Asli communities affected by the floods in Gua Musang.

HELP has poured in for the Orang Asli communities in Gua Musang, who were among the hardest hit by floods in Kelantan.

The aid for some 2,000 families by The Hope Branch (registered under Pertubuhan Amal Harapan Harith Iskander) arrived at four settlements in the area – Pos Brooke, Pos Hendrop, Pos Balar and Pos Hau.

Harith Iskander, a comedian, social activist and entrepreneur who founded the organisation, said some of the communities who lived in isolated areas were badly affected by the floods.

“Many roads were destroyed and landslides cut off access to many areas, hindering the Orang Asli communities from reaching the towns for supplies.

“Many of them are either starving or at the brink of it. We are happy to be able to provide them with the relief, ” he said.

The team, he said, spent five days on the ground to handle the logistics arrangements with several parties involved.

He added that most areas were not accessible by land so they needed assistance from the local people and local authorities.

Harith thanked the Royal Malaysian Air Force for assisting with a helicopter to deliver the items, while Pasukan Vellfire Kelantan and Ford Ranger UZ provided vehicles for the ground team.

“We also thank the Orang Asli from the Brooke community, Gua Musang Orang Asli Development Department and Kelantan Civil Defence Department.

“Without the involvement of all parties, the initiative would not have been achievable, ” he said, adding that the mission was supported by Pertubuhan Kommuniti Elite Malaysia, Pertubuhan Ayahanda and Anakanda Malaysia as well as Pertubuhan Komuniti Botanik.

Harith said the mission marked the biggest undertaken by The Hope Branch.

The organisation will extend more relief to flood victims in other states starting with Johor.

Calling for public contribution, he added that the organisation aimed to raise RM164,700 to help 1,098 more families in various temporary relief centres in Sitrep Johor and Sitrep Kota Tinggi.

The funds raised, he said, would be used to supply groceries and hygiene packs to the flood victims.

The Hope Branch initiative was first established to raise funds for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It later began providing relief to flood victims.

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