PETALING JAYA: In wake of the recent floods, Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) has set up a temporary preschool for the orang asli community at Kampung Sugai Chiong Gerik, Perak.
The devastation of the floods last month had destroyed the community’s only preschool.
Around 30 volunteers comprising mostly university students, came together to help upgrade, clean and build the preschool, which was made from bamboo at the existing traditional multi-purpose hall.
IOJ patron and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Onn said that floods do not discriminate, and that all victims should be helped.
“The flood does not discriminate your background, the flood does not know whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist, it does not see if you are rich or poor. That is the reality,” said Hishammuddin.
According to IOJ chief executive officer Charles Mohan, the institute wanted to do something different for the orang asli.
“We see a lot of NGOs that are concentrating in cleaning up the schools and houses. But we wanted to do something different," he said.
“We knew that the orang asli had been affected by the floods and that they may have been forgotten. We should remember them,” he pointed out.
Books, uniforms and equipment to set up the preschool were sponsored by IOJ and individuals from Klang.