MCA’s crisis relief squad seeks public donations for flood victims


KUALA LUMPUR: MCA’s Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) is calling for the public to donate essential items such as mattresses, pillows and electronic appliances to flood victims who have lost such items to the disaster.

CRSM National chief Datuk Natalie Lim Chong Ly said it managed to raise over RM200,000 for flood relief efforts through crowdfunding and mobilised 500 volunteers as the disaster worsened earlier this month.

“While our volunteers were helping to clear the disaster-stricken areas, they discovered many personal belongings and electrical items of the victims were destroyed by the flood.

“It was a scene of devastation, and it tore my heart to witness the victims struggle with the double whammy of the Covid-19 pandemic and flash floods, ” she said in a statement on Friday (Jan 22).

She said CRSM hopes to raise enough resources to help 5,000 families through its GoCare post-disaster recovery plan.

“We set our target at RM500,000, and we hope people will donate generously, or contribute supplies including mattresses, pillows, blankets, gas stoves, rice cookers, water kettles and electrical appliances, ” she said.

Lim added that the items would be very welcomed especially with Chinese New Year celebrations just around the corner.

Meanwhile, MCA Youth chairman Datuk Nicole Wong expressed her appreciation to all kind-hearted Malaysians who have donated the much-needed items.

She said CRSM will be delivering the latest batch of donated items to flood-affected areas in Pahang on Monday.

“We hope to gain more support from businesses to help the victims rebuild. There is a tax relief for any business that donates at least RM10,000, ” she said.

Interested parties looking to help with flood relief efforts can visit www.gocare.org.my or contact 03-2203 3920 for further enquiries.

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