SUBANG: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and the Armed Forces Family Welfare Association (Bakat) will donate 3,000 prayer garments to the flood victims in Kelantan in their continuous efforts to assist those affected by the disaster.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim said as the floodwaters were receding, victims had to be provided with items they needed to rebuild their lives, adding that their needs had become more specific.
â€œThe mothers I have met need baby clothing and infant formula, while others have requested for school uniforms.
â€œOne mother asked if it was possible for her children to get uniforms. I was disheartened that we were not able to give her what she needed,â€ Rohani said at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Subang.
She said that the families also desperately needed equipment for clean-up work.
â€œVolunteers are encouraged to come with water jet pumps,â€ she added.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said 30 Bakat volunteers had been stationed daily at the RMAF collection centre since it was activated in December.
â€œAs of Monday, almost 3,000 tonnes of supplies have been sent to the flood-hit states via land and air.
â€œThere are still 256 tonnes of supplies waiting to be sent over,â€ he added.
Hishammuddin said that 3,718 Malaysian Armed Forces officers were stationed in flood-hit areas to help with the distribution of supplies, adding that various assets had also been dispatched to assist in the operation.-The Star