MCA's Crisis Relief Squad mobilises volunteers to help flood victims

Residents of Siniawan bazaar in Kuching preparing to evacuate due to the floods. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Over 500 volunteers under MCA's Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) have been mobilised to help flood victims in the country, says its chief Datuk Natalie Lim Chong Ly.

"The CRSM has been fully engaged in disaster relief since non-stop rainfall deluged areas.

"More than 500 volunteers have been mobilised across the country and supplies in excess of RM200,000 have been handed to provide assistance to disaster-hit areas," Lim said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 14).

Besides distributing dry foodstuffs, anti-Covid-19 pandemic supplies and others, she said the volunteers also assisted in relocation efforts including clean-up works and post-disaster reconstruction.

She added that CRSM is liaising with relevant authorities and local volunteers with regard to the disaster relief work.

"Besides battling the contagion, the government cannot ignore the spread of other infectious diseases which may occur after the floods subside, such as dengue fever and cholera.

"Also, the government and rakyat must work closely together to strengthen and ensure local sanitisation controls and safety," she said.

Lim noted that CRSM is working with GoCare's #BeMYHero Awareness Campaign to raise funds for flood victims.

As of Wednesday (Jan 13), she said a total of RM68,000 had been raised, exceeding the target of RM50,000.

She added that a further RM150,000 was raised by MCA with the donations totalling RM210,000.

"RM90,000 will be used to purchase disaster relief materials while RM120,000 will be used for post-disaster cleaning-up works and reconstruction," she said, urging more donors to come forward.

"Anyone can become a hero in Malaysia. I hope that more people will participate in this event to fulfil the mission of #BeMYHero and display our love and support for Malaysia," Lim said.

She added those seeking more details on the donation drive could visit

The ongoing monsoon season has resulted in serious flooding in several states in the country

The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) said that Pahang, Johor, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak were hardest hit with 19,647 victims relocated to 188 temporary evacuation centres.

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