THE prolonged flood has destroyed the homes of many Orang Asli communities in the country. The affected families are running out of food and have no shelter.
Some of these Orang Asli communities are the hardest hit because they live in secluded and isolated areas which have been cut off by the floods.
In view of this, the Aged Care Group (ACG) and six NGOs, namely the PJ Kwan Inn Teng Foundation, Best Wishes Cultural Centre, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia, Christian Grace Church, Archdiocesan Chinese Language Apostolate Commission, Kuala Lumpur, and Persatuan Pengajian Agama Chi Hui Tang, Kuala Lumpur, came together today to initiate the “Orang Asli Flood Victims Donation Drive”.
The collaborative effort, initiated by Best Wishes, seeks to kick off more flood relief efforts and unite Malaysians in extending help to the Orang Asli communities in the secluded areas.
This is the second time the Orang Asli Flood Victims Donation Drive was held. The first donation drive was initiated by the PJ Kwan Inn Teng Foundation, Best Wishes Cultural Centre and ACG.
The first donation drive received strong support from the public, with more than 10 tonnes of flood relief goods and RM100,000 donation collected. Persatuan Pengajian Agama Chi Hui Tang, Kuala Lumpur, also participated in the programme by donating 3 tons of flood relief goods.
Part of the donations have been distributed to the affected Orang Asli communities in Jerantut, Temerloh and Kuantan.
Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, who was on hand to lend her support and voice to the donation drive this morning, said, “I feel very blessed that I am able to participate in this meaningful programme. It is so heartwarming to see Malaysians unite to extend a helping hand to each other to ride through this difficult time. I pray for everyone and for the flood issue to be over very soon. Homes will be rebuilt soon.”
The flood relief team, led by Siew Nyoe Chow, chief editor of Best Wishes Cultural Centre, will be sending the goods via two lorries and a 4×4 to the Raub Orang Asli Assistance Centre and the Bentong Orang Asli Training Centre. The centres will then distribute the items to 34 Orang Asli communities in Kelantan and Pahang.
The affected Orang Asli communities are in need of rice, sugar, canned food, cooking oil and chocolate malt drinks like Milo and Vico.
Those who want to contribute, may do so by sending their donations (items listed above) to Wisma Mirama (ground floor), Jalan Wisma Putra, Kuala Lumpur, on Jan 17 and 18, 2015, from 10am-5pm.
For more information, call (03) 2144-7733 or go to www.bestwishes.com.my or https://www.facebook.com/bestwishes.cc?pnref=story.