Floods: Be sensible when channelling aid, say NGOs

PETALING JAYA: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in flood relief missions have urged the public to be sensible when channelling aid and making contributions for flood victims. 

To avoid wasting time, Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa (YSS) chairman Datuk Zuraida Atan called on the public who wanted to donate their clothes to flood victims, to sort it out in separate bags according to type. 

"It takes the volunteers a lot of time to sort out the clothes and this leaves the victims cold and waiting. 

"It would be great if they could pack it as 'men's shirt', women's clothing, 'trousers', 'kids clothes' and so on, as this would make the dispensing much easier," she said on Friday, adding that they hope contributors could label the respective plastic bags to save time. 

Zuraida added that the public should make an effort to go through the right channels to help. 

"If you would like to assist at an evacuation centre, then you should try and check with the Civil Defence Department (JPAM), the Welfare Department (JKM) or even the army to see how they can help. 

"The people should also understand that more help would be needed post floods as that is the time when they (the victims) would be heading back to their homes and start rebuilding their lives," she said.  

The public who would like to channel contributions through YSS can contact them at 03-88706846. 

Those who would like to contribute cash through Mercy Malaysia can do so via the Mercy Humanitarian Fund 5621-7950-4126 for Maybank (swift code, MBBEMYKL), Mercy Malaysia, 8000-7929-08 for CIMB (swift code CIBBMYKL) and Malaysian Medical Relief Society 212273-0000-9257 (swift code RHBBMYKL).

Those who would like to contribute food and clothes can also contact Mercy Malaysia at 03-21422007.



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