FLOOD survivors have begun receiving cash relief to help rebuild their lives.
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Malaysia Foundation launched a programme at SJK(C) Khe Beng, Shah Alam in Selangor to distribute cash to the victims of the December floods.
Each family will receive a cash card worth RM1,000 to be redeemed at any Public Bank branch from Jan 25 to June 30.
The foundation’s media relations officer Chong Chuan Yit said cash cards would be distributed at Dewan Kamunting Section 25 and SJK(C) Khe Beng in Shah Alam.
He estimated that 77 distribution sessions would be held for families in 58 affected areas in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Pahang.
Out of that number, 60 sessions would be held before Chinese New Year, he said.
Chong added that in order to hold four sessions per day to accommodate about 500 people per session, the foundation had to find places that were big enough to comply with the government’s standard operating procedure.
He said the eight sessions held on Jan 15 benefitted over 3,000 families.
He highlighted that the foundation had helped more than 38,000 flood victims and over 9,000 volunteers had cleaned and distributed hot meals and essential items to flood survivors before it started the cash relief distribution.
A total of 2,483 houses were cleaned by Tzu-Chi volunteers.
In her letter to flood survivors, Tzu-Chi Foundation founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen said she and Tzu-Chi volunteers worldwide wished for survivors to restart their lives “full of confidence as soon as possible”.
Business tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, who was one of the Tzu-Chi volunteers, gave out the cash cards to the flood victims.
Recipients could be seen tearing up after receiving the RM1,000 cash cards from the volunteers.
Housewife Yenny Wen, 41, said the flood affected her family badly.
“Half of my house was flooded. Most of our electrical appliances could not be used anymore.
“When we received the cash card from Tzu-Chi, we were touched and felt very grateful,” she said, adding that she would be using the money to buy essential items or repair her car.
Food Empire general manager Tan Boon Hua, who has been volunteering with Tzu Chi for about eight years, was also present at the event at SJK(C) Khe Beng.
“I am healthy and I feel it’s important for me to contribute to society and the community.”
Tzu Chi Foundation estimates 16,000 families to receive the cash cards by the middle of next month.
Those who wish to contribute can send their donations to Maybank account 5124 9112 5866 (TKDP YSN TB Tzu-Chi Malaysia).
For details, call 03-6256 3800.