Young Mercy volunteer is on the go again


By BEN TAN
  • Nation
  • Friday, 07 Jan 2005

BY BEN TAN

SEPANG: For 26-year-old Yang Wai Wai, being a Mercy Malaysia volunteer is a “get up and go” job. 

Back from the Philippines, where she was helping typhoon victims over the past two weeks, the trainee clinical psychologist had hardly time to rest before was asked to take up another assignment. 

Yesterday, she was heading for Banda Aceh to oversee the distribution of 40 boxes of medicine and medical supplies for tsunami victims in the disaster-torn Sumatran district. 

VITAL TASK:Yang helpingwith theloading ofthe medicineand medicalsupplies atKLIA beforesending themto Banda Acehyesterday.

After just one day there, she would be back here to wait for the next assignment. 

A Malaysia Airlines plane chartered by CNBC news group carried the Mercy Malaysia supplies, along with other items contributed by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) and Yayasan Salam. 

MAS chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid was among the 14 staff on the flight, which carried a consignment of medicine, clothing, foodstuff, bottled water and other essential items contributed by the three voluntary organisations. 

“There is a high possibility that I will be going to Aceh again, with the next medical consignment there,” said Yang, who has been with Mercy Malaysia for the past four years.  

“But my main task now is to secure the medicine and supplies before they are distributed,” said Yang. 

“It may be only a one-day trip but the important thing is for the supplies to reach in time as the victims need them urgently,” said Yang at Gate 1 of the KL International Airport departure hall yesterday. 

MAS captain Nik Ahmad Huzlan Nik Hussein helped to coordinate the items for the flight.  

MAS said in a statement that it dispatched its second consignment of 6.2 tonnes of relief aid from the three voluntary organisations to Banda Aceh. 

The consignment included the airline’s contribution of 6,000 blankets and 20,000 face towels 

MAS, which does not have scheduled operations into and out of Banda Aceh, was one of the first international airlines to land there after the Dec 26 tsunami, bringing with it a consignment of a 250kg generator and boxes of water purifying tablets on its first flight. 

The airline also airlifted 23 tonnes of medicine, body bags, relief supplies and other humanitarian aid on its scheduled flights to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. 

The airline has also further provided logistical support for transportation of medical and relief supplies for tsunami victims locally.  

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