MRCS shifts focus to sending aid fast

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  • Wednesday, 19 Jan 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has received RM10.65mil in cash donations since the start of collections for the victims of the Dec 26 tsunami. 

Its secretary-general Datuk Sayed A. Rahman Sayed Mohd said the task now was to ensure that the aid reached the victims as fast as possible. 

“The issue is speed and the faster we move, the better it will be for the victims,” he said after receiving cheques from companies yesterday. 

Sayed A. Rahman gave assurance that the aid would reach people who needed them most. 

“This will be done to your (the public’s) expectations but the challenge for us now is to meet the expectations and live up to MRCS’ aspirations to deliver the goods to the right people,” he said. 

Sayed A. Rahman said MRCS had so far delivered 95 tonnes of food, medicine, drinks and other goods to affected areas. 

He said relief efforts in Aceh had shifted from search-and-rescue to rehabilitation and reconstruction, and donations would go towards providing medical facilities, psychological support, warehousing facilities and transporting goods to victims.  

Nasir Khan Abdul Rahman, leader of the first MRCS assessment and relief team in Banda Aceh, said people there needed food and healthcare urgently.  

He suggested that firms donate items like toothbrushes, soap, sarongs, towels, cooking utensils, spoons, mats, matches, jerry cans, plates, cups, candles, toothpaste and shampoo.  

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