MCA relief squad on the ground to help victims


PETALING JAYA: MCA’s Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) has mobilised more than 500 volunteers to help flood victims nationwide, says its chief Datuk Natalie Lim.

She said the CRSM had engaged in disaster relief since the monsoon started.

“More than 500 volunteers have been mobilised across the country and some RM200,000 worth of goods have been handed to flood victims, ” Lim said in a statement.

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

She said the CRSM was liaising with authorities and local volunteers to carry out the relief work.

“Besides battling Covid-19, the government cannot ignore the spread of other infectious diseases which may occur after floods subside, such as dengue fever and cholera.”

Lim said CRSM was also working with GoCare’s #BeMYHero Awareness Campaign to raise funds for flood victims.

As of Wednesday, she said a total of RM68,000 had been raised, exceeding the targeted RM50,000.

She added that another RM150,000 was raised by MCA with donations totalling RM210,000.

“A sum of 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, calling more donors to come forward.

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

She added that those seeking more details on the donation could visit www.gocare.org.my.

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

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

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