| James Kon |
BY THE command of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, a flood disaster humanitarian fund for Malaysia was set up yesterday to collect public donations to help ease the suffering and burden of hundreds of thousands of flood victims in Malaysia.
From January 10 to April 9, the public can now lend a helping hand to the victims of flooding in neighbouring Malaysia by contributing funds via donation boxes that will be placed at banking institutions as well as commercial and government buildings nationwide.
The public also can pass donations to the secretariat of the humanitarian fund situated at the Finance and Administration division of the Department of Community Development, which is located on the second floor of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, during office hours.
In their first meeting, a representative of the executive committee of the humanitarian fund, Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman recalled the events of the major flooding in Malaysia as part of her opening remark.
She said, “On December 16, 2014, Kelantan was struck terribly by a disastrous flood in areas like Gua Musang, Kerai, Machang and Merah Tanah. The flooding also spread to other states like Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Johor and Sabah.”
On the high number of victims affected, she mentioned “A total of 158,476 people in Kelantan were evacuated from homes, with some having lost their homes completely in the flood.
“There are also 83,570 people affected by the flood in Pahang, Perak, Terengganu and Johor. They were evacuated and are taking shelter in a temporary centre. According to officials in Malaysia, 17 people lost their lives in the flooding, with another seven missing. The cost of damages from the disaster is estimated at the billions of Malaysian dollars.”
She added, “His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the setting up of a Malaysia flood disaster humanitarian fund aimed at collecting cash donations from members of the public to help ease the burden of the victims.”
With strong ties between both countries and their peoples, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina expressed her hope that the public will come forward to render assistance through the fund.
Present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Awang Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar; Deputy Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hj Mohd Noor Jusmin bin Hj Abd Samad; Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom bin Pengiran Hj Bahar; Permanent Secretary of Religious Affairs, Hj Mohd ‘Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Salam, as well as representatives from other ministries.