US Government gives RM175,000 to flood victims


stuart@thestar.com.my 

THE United State Government was among six organisations that presented donations to flood victims in Johor via the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) recently. 

US Ambassador to Malaysia Christopher J. LaFleur presented his Government’s contibution of US$50,000 (RM175,000) to MRCS chairman Tunku Tan Sri Datuk Shahriman Tunku Sulaiman and MRCS National Disaster Management chairman Dr Selva Jothi at the MRCS headquarter in Jalan Nipah, Kuala Lumpur, recently.  

The other donors were CIMB which gave RM52,000 cash while Dumex Malaysia Sdn Bhd presented RM360,000 of Dumex products and Berjaya Roasters Malaysia Sdn Bhd gave 200 rotisserie-roasted chickens for the flood victims. 

Syarikat A. Clouet Co Sdn Bhd contributed RM420,000 worth of Ayam Brand’s canned sardines while Convenience Shopping Sdn Bhd gave 30,000 1.5 litre bottles of drinking water worth about RM60,000. 

LaFleur said: “The MRCS is a respected non-profit organisation that has a remarkable reputation for helping in disasters. 

“Hurricane Katrina hit the United States on Aug 29, 2005, and MRCS was one of the few organisations to respond together with the Malaysian Government. And we are very grateful for that. 

“When we heard the news that Johor, a state that has not been hit by floods for the last 100 years, had a flood situation, we really felt the sorrows of the people. 

“I have also made calls to encourage American companies in Malaysia to lend a helping hand to the flood victims,'' he added. 

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