KUALA LUMPUR – Some 7,000 Puteri Umno and Friends of Puteri volunteers have joined the ‘Caring Spirit Volunteer Squad’ to help victims in states affected by the floods since mid-December last year.
Of the total, 5,000 volunteers are Puteri members while the remaining 2,000 are friends of Puteri members from all over Peninsular Malaysia.
Puteri Umno chief, Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said more than 1,000 volunteers would be sent again to the severely affected areas of Gua Musang and Kuala Krai in Kelantan tonight.
“In this mission, the volunteers will help prepare food for the flood victims in Gua Musang on Saturday and in Kuala Krai the next day.
“Besides cooking, these volunteers will also help in cleaning the homes of victims badly affected by the floods,” she said at a press conference held in conjunction with the sending-off ceremony, here, tonight.
In this mission, Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd (GTA) has cooperated with Puteri Umno in delivering aid directly via helicopter, to villages which have been cut off and are in a critical situation.
Its executive chairman Datuk Nonee Ashirin Mohd Radzi said, the supplies would be sent to Chenor in Pahang by a TS350 helicopter today and to Dabong, Kusial Baru and Tanah Merah in Kelantan the next day by a EC135T helicopter.
“We have identified suitable places to land. For villages where the land routes have been cut off, we will try to send them direct,” she said at the press conference.
Mas Ermieyati said most of the volunteers participating in the mission were workers and she urged their employers to consider the leave taken as unrecorded leave for a certain period, so that the volunteers had sufficient time to perform the clean-up task in Kelantan.
“The post-flood cleanup is not easy and it takes quite some time because many houses were severely damaged in the floods. Those who wish to participate in this mission this time, may contact the Puteri Umno operations centre which is open round the clock.
“Puteri Umno will help prepare a document to verify your participation in the mission to be submitted to your respective employers,” she said.
She added that this time, the relief supplies comprised instant food as they realised that electricity and clean water supply was inadequate for the flood victims to cook the foodstuff provided. – BERNAMA