Despite all the bickering that have been reported in the news recently, Malaysians have proved that in times of difficulty and need, they will step up, rally together, and support each other
The call to help over 200,000 of our brothers and sisters who are caught in the worst floods the country has seen rang loud and clear
Aid has been pouring in from Malaysians of all walk of life
From political organisations to NGOs and even corporations, multiple flood relief efforts were quickly set up nationwide
Hypermarkets are donating essential items; airlines are offering seats and cargo space on flights to flood-stricken areas; companies are collaborating with each other and with NGOs for a common purpose
Malindo Air is collaborating with non-governmental organisations, such as Imarate, Syria Care and #FreeMarket, to provide cargo space to transport the supplies.nst.com.my
Weststar Group of Companies flew in six tonnes of food to flood-stricken areas in Kelantan yesterday. The company also deployed two of its rotor aircraft in joint efforts with various government agencies and non-governmental organisations for flood-relief missions.nst.com.my
Companies such as Honda and Bank Rakyat are even offering flood relief programmes in the form of discounts and deferment of instalment to help customers who are affected
Bank Rakyat today announced that its customers affected by the recent flooding crisis nationwide would be given moratorium on their financing facility.
Its managing director, Datuk Mustafha Abd Razak said, this includes deferment of instalment for up to six months and withholding of all recovery and litigation action for accounts in arrears.
Cost of living may be taking a toll on every one but Malaysians are willing to donate hundreds of thousands in cash to facilitate post-flood rehabilitation and repair of schools and hospitals
DAP has launched a flood donation drive to collect funds to help flood victims in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak, following similar efforts by PKR and PAS. The party’s organising secretary Loke Siew Fook said to kick-start the donation drive, Central DAP committee has allocated RM10,000 for aid relief efforts.themalaysianinsider.com
Furthermore, many have flown to flood-stricken areas to volunteer by helping to distribute rations and caring for the elderly and young
Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said more than 200,000 Skuad Sayang members were at flood-relief centres to care for the elderly and children.nst.com.my
About 500 MIC Youth volunteers have been involved in relief work in Pahang, Perak and Kelantan distributing army rations and dry rations from Umno’s Biro Kebajikan and MIC’s own contributions of dry food packages, since Friday.freemalaysiatoday.com
More than 300 Malaysian Red Cross Society volunteers had been sent to the flood-hit areas in the east coast states since the society activated its flood relief operations on Dec 19.thestar.com.my
Large organisations aside, neighbourhood communities have been seen working together 'gotong-royong' style in setting up collection centres to collect supplies
The victims urgently need mats, blankets, towels, diapers, sanitary pads, cooking oil, bottled water, milk powder, sugar, rice and canned food. Donors are advised to label the boxes or bags of the items in the boxes that they drop off at the collection centres.thestar.com.my
Makeshift donation drop-off centres have popped up nationwide and are quickly filling up with tonnes and tonnes of kind donations in the form of food supplies and essential items
At the REV Asia office that has also been converted to a makeshift collection centre, phones have been ringing non-stop from kind-hearted Malaysians wanting to drop off supplies
REV Asia is accepting donation from a list of items needed as recommended by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
Overwhelmed by the display of generosity, Grace Look, Head of Product and Community Growth says, "Every few minutes, people have been calling, visiting and dropping off their donations. We are situated in Petaling Jaya but have even received interest from people all the way in Cheras. It really shows that Malaysians want to help but may not know where to go to contribute."
One family even went to IKEA and purchased simple yet important items like blankets, bowls and spoons for the flood victims.
While this nation of 30 million people waits for the sun to shine again, the most daunting of relief efforts is still lurking at a corner
Get ready for post-flood rehabilitation.
The show of solidarity and support have been uplifting spirits at a time when the air hangs heavy with gloom and despair
When the water recedes, the flood victims may return home to see that they have lost their car or furniture, but they will never lose the love of their fellow Malaysians