KUALA LUMPUR: A structured method should be in place to enable the corporate sector to channel funds for relief aid before a disaster occurs, said Kuala Lumpur Business Club president Datuk Dr Mohamed Munir Abdul Majid.
“It should not be just on an ad hoc basis.
“We should have a structured system so that the aid is received immediately and relief organisations like Mercy Malaysia can go to the affected areas right away without waiting for funds to arrive.”
Dr Mohamed Munir, who is also Malaysia Airlines chairman, said this while facilitating the club's talk on The Impact of Tsunami at Carcosa Seri Negara here yesterday.
Presenters at the talk organised by the club were The Star assistant news editor Shahanaaz Habib, who had gone to Banda Aceh to cover the aftermath of the disaster, and New Straits Times executive editor Syed Nadzri Syed Harun, who covered the Global Tsunami Summit in Jakarta on Jan 6.
Dr Mohamed Munir later handed over a RM100,000 cheque on behalf of the club to The Star group chief editor Datuk Wong Sulong, for The Star Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund.
Kelab AmBank Group also donated RM100,000. AmBank Group employees contributed RM90,000, while the remaining RM10,000 came from club funds.
“Areas like Aceh need plenty of physical and financial help from outside,” Kelab AmBank Group president Mustafa Mohd Nor said after handing over the cheque to The Star Deputy Group Chief Editor II Datuk Wong Chun Wai at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya yesterday. In Penang, Integrated Device Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd chipped in RM50,000 to the fund.
Its finance director, K.C. Chin, said the company had shipped 500kg of clothes to victims in Aceh last week.
Meanwhile, Resorts World Bhd has pointed out that the donation of RM60,000 it presented to The Star Earthquake/ Tsunami Relief Fund on Tuesday came from contributions made by its guests and employees. It was not a donation from the resort.