NGOs true heroes in time of need

by AUFA MARDHIAH / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE recent flood crisis has not dampened the spirit of Jalan Tiong Nam residents as they were met with an abundance of help from NGOs.

Sadiah Osman, who has been living there for 37 years, said this was the worst flood in her neighbourhood since the 1998 catastrophe.

“As of 7pm on Saturday, the water level of the nearest river was normal but around 11pm, water began rising and flooded the courtyard.

“It was chaotic as everyone tried to save themselves and belongings. Never have we expected the flood to be this bad where the flood water reaches the height of a two-tier refrigerator,” she told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) yesterday.

According to Sadiah, the residents did not blame the government for the delay in sending help but were grateful that the NGOs managed to reach them.

“We have been receiving food aid every day from NGOs and other kind donors. We are very grateful for everyone’s generosity,” she added.

The flood receded by 10am on Sunday and by 12pm, all residents were able to start cleaning the aftermath. So far, there has been no loss of life in the flood of Jalan Tiong Nam.

The Yayasan Prihatin Nasional organised a donation programme yesterday, supported by Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Badan Amal Warga Asnaf Malaysia as well as Majlis Perwakilan Penduduk Sub Zon 1, Kawasan Bukit Bintang.

Prihatin CEO Datuk Mohd Aizuddin Ghazali said the programme aimed to gather various NGOs to lend a helping hand to the flood victims and make sure they could sleep in a comfortable and safe environment.

At the same time, the initiative was also to help alleviate the government’s burden in handling the flood crisis which had hit central Malaysia and the east coast.

A total of RM20,000 was collected and distributed in the form of basic necessities like mattresses, blankets as well as food aid sponsored by Pusat Pakaian Hari Hari Sdn Bhd.

According to Mohd Aizuddin, Prihatin is looking into other basic necessities to be contributed later.

“Strategic partners need to work together to provide all kinds of assistance in the affected areas regardless of background, race, ethnicity and politics. We need to unite so that all can be helped,” he added.