| Azaraimy HH |
SOME 24 volunteers from CARE left yesterday for flood-hit Kelantan, Malaysia to do relief work.
CARE – which stands for “Challenge, Adventure, Recreation, Education” – is well-known for doing volunteer work.
Besides handing over relief materials, the group will also engage in volunteering humanitarian works.
Haji Ramli bin Haji Kurus, who led the delegation said they will meet with their Kelantan counterparts to discuss the scope of work.
The Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman praised the involvement of the Brunei public in easing the burden of the flood victims.
She said the ministry welcomed the help of local volunteer groups in providing assistance not just in Brunei but also in other countries because it reflected the caring attitude of Brunei people.
However, she advised volunteers to be cautious and highlighted the importance of working with their counterparts in Malaysia so any matters such as logistical support are arranged prior to their arrival in Malaysia.
She said local contact must be set up to help arrange things.
“Volunteers cannot just go there as they like to help the victims because it may hamper the existing efforts to help the victims,” she said.
Earlier, Haji Ramli bin Haji Kurus told the Bulletin that, four have left earlier, and they will meet up in Kuala Lumpur to hold discussions with their Malaysian counterparts.
He said, the members paid their own air tickets, and have pooled funds to purchase some relief materials in Malaysia.
They will be in the worst hit area of Gua Musang, Kuala Kerai and Dabong for a week, he said.