Initiative raises RM55,000 for Kota Kinabalu flood victims

Worst-hit flood victims in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah will get some relief from funds raised by McMillan Woods Global through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

The company’s McM Cares programme raised RM55,000 in donations for the cause, exceeding its initial target of RM50,000.

A house in Kota Kinabalu that was destroyed by a downpour has been repaired with help from donors.A house in Kota Kinabalu that was destroyed by a downpour has been repaired with help from donors.

McM Cares programme and McMillan Woods Global founder Datuk Seri Dr Raymond Liew said he heard about the devastation caused by the floods in Sabah on Jan 18.

“The king tide around the west coast of Sabah has created havoc since Jan 18, costing many villagers their homes and leaving them with nowhere to sleep, ” he said.

“It was a heartbreaking sight and even more devastating to learn that some 700 people from 203 families in 223 villages were seeking temporary shelter at relief centres, ” he added.

Liew said Penampang was the worst hit, with some sections of the roads in northern Kudat, Pitas, Tuaran and Kota Belud severely damaged and landslides occurring along roads in Kota Kinabalu, Pitas and Kudat.

He said villagers were pleading for financial aid, as seen from videos and photos widely circulated on social media.

He noted that a discussion was held with former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Tanjung Aru assemblyman Datuk Junz Wong on ways to help the flood victims repair their homes.Liew said building materials such as wood, nails and related supplies were purchased directly from suppliers.

He highlighted that whatever surplus collected would be used to buy more building materials or food to feed the homeless.

He said many Malaysians were kind-hearted and offered a helping hand to those in need during these tough times.

Liew hopes more Malaysians, especially corporations, will come forward to provide aid not only to the flood victims, but also to those in need during this pandemic, such as the homeless and jobless.

McM Cares programme is a CSR initiative driven by McMillan Woods Global that has contributed over RM1mil since its inception to various charitable causes.

McMillan Woods Global is a global network or association of independent local and regional firms of recognised qualified accountants and professional advisers.

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