KOTA KINABALU: When parts of Sabah were hit by floods recently, many kind-hearted people chipped in to help victims while donation drives were also initiated to assist them.
This includes Sabahan digital creator and online personality Adam Shamil who had initially set out to raise RM50,000 from Sept 22. In the end, he pulled in RM223,935.72 at the end of his campaign on Sept 25.
However, despite netting more than RM220,000 for some of the worst flood-hit villages in Penampang and Kinarut in just three days, there were those who cast doubts on his efforts
The 27-year-old said he had people "warning" him against using the donation money for personal gains, advising him to make sure that the money goes to where it was supposed to, and a few who felt that their villages had been overlooked insulted him online.
“Honestly, I am human and I do get emotional and disturbed when I see these types of comments online but I feel that as long as my conscience is clear, nothing can bring me down,” Adam said.
“I have been very transparent throughout my fundraising journey from when the donations came in to when I started to buy things and donate funds to those affected," he said.
He keeps his donors and the public updated via his social media accounts, sharing with them all the details of his work from A to Z.
Adam said he is just one person trying to help where possible and with support from the public, he was able to get more than the amount targeted for the thousands of flood victims.
As of Sept 27, he had used the money to buy cleaning equipment such as wheelbarrows and shovels, gas stoves to cook, and RM50,000 cash each for Kampung Sugud and Kampung Labak for the villagers to repair their damaged gravity pipes and rent heavy machinery to get rid of the mud and silt at affected homes and roads.
The remainder will be for other villages that Adam has promised to render help to.
Asked if he will stop what he is doing following the doubts and condemnation from some people online, he said no.
In fact, Adam has more plans to diversify his humanitarian initiatives by assisting children and students in rural areas get better gadgets for their online classes among others.
“But there is much more that I hope to do,” he said, stressing that nothing people say will make him stop his plans to help more people within his capacity.
On this note, he thanked everyone who had chipped in to make this donation drive more than a success and for believing in him.
He assured them that all that he had received for the victims would go to the victims as intended.
"I promise to always maintain transparency when I execute any form of purchases, transactions or withdrawals. That means every receipt, conversation, call log and transaction history will be recorded and published on social media.
“To the people of Penampang and Kinarut, this is a little gift from us to you,” he added.