The Malaysian-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) and Malaysia Islamic Chamber of Commerce (DPIM) have joined forces to organise a “Malaysia Bersatu Hati” (United Malaysia) flood relief campaign.
The multi-pronged campaign is aimed at helping to rebuild the lives of those affected by the devastating floods that hit parts of Peninsular Malaysia last month.
It includes a fundraising drive, an online charity concert as well as calls for donation of essential items and volunteers for flood clean-up work.
“MCCC and DPIM are collectively raising RM200,000 for the campaign, which will be used to buy supplies to be distributed to flood victims or to help target groups such as traders to rebuild their businesses.
“We appreciate the first wave of assistance extended by frontliners and volunteers, and want to continue the momentum with this ‘rakyat jaga rakyat’ initiative,” said MCCC president Datuk Tan Yew Sing during a press conference at MCCC’s office in Kuala Lumpur.
DPIM president Mohammad Sahar Mat Din said one of its priorities was to help micro entrepreneurs such as hawkers and petty traders.
“We are working with our network to identify affected traders and provide them with items such as kitchen equipment and canopies.
“In helping them to rebuild their businesses, we hope that it will also help them rebuild their lives,” Mohammad Sahar said, adding that DPIM kicked off the initiative by presenting RM800 worth of items each to around 50 hawkers in Klang.
Meanwhile, MCCC’s Women Entrepreneurs Committee (WEC) is having an ongoing drive to collect dry food, household items and cleaning supplies for flood victims in hard-hit areas such as Bentong and Mentakab.
The committee, along with the Young Malaysians Movement, also welcomes volunteers to help distribute supplies and clean the houses of flood victims.
“We have been helping with post-flood clean-up in Bentong for the past two weeks.
“At least 10 volunteers are needed to clean one house,” said MCCC WEC chairman Helen Seibt.
“We appeal to those donating dry food to send items that won’t expire so quickly.
We are also not accepting old clothing because we don’t have the manpower to sort and sanitise these items.”
The Malaysia Bersatu Hati campaign will culminate with an online charity concert on Jan 8 at 8pm.
“The line-up of performers will include Atilia Haron, Yise Loo, Aris Ariwatan, Jeryl Lee, Mark and Pinky as well as Dua Space Dance Theatre.
“Performances include singing, dancing, martial arts and a magic show,” Dua Space Dance Theatre founder Anthony Meh said, adding that more artistes were expected to confirm their participation in the coming days.
The fundraising campaign will end on the night of the concert.
On the beneficiaries, Tan said: “We are looking into assisting areas where our members have local contacts, so that the aid goes to those truly in need.
“We hope the public will donate generously as we will be able to help more people when there are more funds.”
Tan also assured that all donations received would be audited to ensure accountability and transparency.
Cash donations can be channelled to MCCC’s account 1065 8001 3314 (Affin Bank) or DPIM’s account 1401 0006 453710 (Bank Muamalat).
Donations of dry food, such as instant noodles and biscuits, as well as bedsheets, blankets, pillows, mattresses, cleaning supplies, rubber boots and latex gloves have to be dropped off by Jan 5 (noon to 5pm) at IDC Training House at 7, Unit 8, Jalan Industri PBP 3, Taman Industri Pusat Bandar Puchong, Puchong.
To enquire, call 016-660 7278 (Ms Chong) or 012-927 5000 (Ms Ariel).
Those who wish to volunteer for post-flood clean-up can call 017-680 2123 (Tommy), 012-322 2235 (Joy) or 018-322 2873 (Lily).