THE flood waters in Selangor and Pahang may have receded but it might take a long time for the victims to get their lives back to normal.
Holding steadfast to the humanitarian principles, several Penang leaders continued to provide aid to the flood victims.
Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai said the volunteers from DAP Bukit Bendera had left for Bentong, Pahang today, bringing supplies to the victims.
“The team of eight people is on a flood relief mission for three days and it is expected to return on Friday.
“The team is heading to Bentong, one of worst flood-hit areas in Pahang. We are sending two cars and a lorry load of goods.
“Among the items that we are sending are infant formula, baby diapers, sanitary napkins and food. The goods are worth approximately RM20,000.
“This is just the first batch. We will be sending more batches,” Wong said before flagging off the vehicles for the mission trip.
The delegation is led by Village Community Management Council (MPKK) Midlands Berjaya chairman Rachel Tan.
Wong added that earlier, the Bukit Bendera Volunteer Fire Brigade was deployed to aid the flood victims in Selangor and Pahang.
“State representatives such as Jelutong MP (R.S.N. Rayer), Bukit Gelugor MP (Ramkarpal Singh) and Jawi assemblyman (H’ng Mooi Lye) are also sending their teams and supplies to assist the flood victims.
“Apart from them, many others (state representatives) are also doing their part,” Wong said.
It is learnt that Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee has also donated some goods for the mission.
“Private sectors such as Hunza Group and the public have also contributed for this good cause.
“The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) councillor Connie Tan has contributed sanitary napkins under her Period Poverty Programme,” Lee said.
On Dec 24, Lee had launched a donation drive to aid the flood victims in Selangor and Pahang.
Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan shared on his Facebook page on Dec 27 that he was helping with the cleaning up at Taman Sri Nanding, Hulu Langat, Selangor together with his volunteers from Bayan Baru and the Batu Maung Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh mentioned on his Facebook page that his team would be visiting flood-hit areas in Pahang on Jan 1 and 2 to distribute the necessary goods to the needy victims.
State executive councillor for Non-Islamic Religious Affairs and Social Development Chong Eng had also rushed to the affected areas in Pahang, such as the Ketari neighbourhood, which is a small town near Bentong.
Story & Pix by Tanushalini Moroter