Kuala Lumpur – Istana Negara’s Welfare and Sports Club (KEKSIN) today launched their disaster aid convoy with supplies for flood victims in Kelantan.
“We are working closely with the people who are suffering because of the flood situation at Kuala Krai, and this project has the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri,” said Project Coordinator Azuan Effendy.
“We are sending rice, sugar, tents, mineral water, cooking oil, and the people affected have told us what they needed.”
“The convoy consists of 5 pickup trucks and one lorry, as well as a team of 15 people. This is the first mission and we believe that the second and third will be coming up soon.”
“We managed to collect RM35,000 within two days as contributions from the staff, corporate sector, and other influential members of society who are concerned for the welfare of the Kelantanese people.”
Due to the floods, the prices of goods have sharply increased in the affected areas. Petrol is sold at RM15 a litre, chicken at RM38, instant noodles for RM10 and a bottle of mineral water costs RM8 each.
“The high prices of goods is normal because the roads are cut off. Supply becomes difficult resulting in higher cost of transportation”, says Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in media reports as the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism had also highlighted the issue of high food prices in affected areas.
In Kelantan, a National Security Council (MKN) spokesman said the number of evacuees dropped further to 3,203 people as compared to 3,291 earlier.
Kuala Krai has 1,747 evacuees, Gua Musang (1,157), Tanah Merah (199) and Machang (100).
The total number of flood victims in the three states of Kelantan, Pahang and Perak at 10pm stood at 23,772 people compared to 26,294 at 6pm, Wednesday.
KEKSIN is the official club for the officers and staff of the Palace and besides numerous charity projects, this is their first aid mission in response to the flood rescue efforts. Dato’ Wira Awang Kechik Bin Haji Abdul Rahman Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja, head of palace’s administration was also present to launch off the convoy. – Malaysian Digest