All flood victims can get aid at shelter, Rina says


FLOOD victims have been assured that they can receive assistance at relief centres regardless whether they are placed there or not. 

According to Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun, the Social Welfare Department has been instructed to help everyone who comes to the relief centres for aid, especially as there are still those who have not been evacuated to the centres who are in need. 

“In the current situation, we understand that they are deeply perturbed so it is necessary to get them the help,” she said during her opening speech at the launch of the “Rise Together” carnival yesterday. 

Rina said those who seek assistance at the relief centres need to register for record purposes. 

She also advised NGOs and individuals who wish to help flood victims to inform the coordinating teams at the relief centres to facilitate the tasks and coordinate the distribution of assistance systematically. 

At the same time, counsellors have been stationed at relief centres to provide psychosocial services to flood victims dealing with the disaster. 

On “Rise Together”, Rina said it is a comprehensive programme loaded with a variety of activities. 

“Each participant is provided with knowledge sharing slots related to generating income,” she said. 

The programme also includes a financial street programme and a business matching slot where they are given more exposure on marketing through a hypermart network. 

“Not only that, we are also bringing digital marketing platforms such as e-commerce companies to make it easier for participants to market their products online. 

“Many other interesting fillings, all aimed at educating women entrepreneurs to rise together and succeed, especially in recovering from the Covid-19 crisis,” said Rina. 

She hoped the participants, in return, can share their experience and knowledge to their friends and inspire future entrepreneurs. 

The minister believed that the programme could be an excellent platform for participants to further expand their business network as well as give them more opportunities.