CYBERJAYA – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) collected RM2.23 million through the short messaging system (SMS) to help flood victims, said its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek today.
He said the Humanitarian Fund, managed by the KKMM together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which was started on Dec 24 till Jan 31, would be handed to the National Security Council (MKN) on Feb 18.
“Donations made through the SMS is a new platform to get contributions easily, and it received encouraging response from caring Malaysians.
“The MKN will organise all aid needed by the victims in the states affected by the floods,” he told reporters after the ministry’s monthly gathering at the MCMC headquarters, here today.
Also present at the gathering were KKMM’s deputy minister Datuk Jalaini Johari, secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, general manager of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) Datuk Zulkefli Salleh, and MCMC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie.
Ahmad Shabery said the ministry and MCMC would discuss re-opening the fund to collect more donations.
“This will be up to the MCMC chairman,” he said, adding that the amount collected this time exceeded the collections for the Gaza Fund and the Haiyan hurricane disaster in the Philippines before this.
The contributions would be managed by the KKMM together with the MCMC as well as several telecommunications companies including Celcom, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and Maxis Berhad.
The donations were made for amounts of RM1, RM3, RM5, RM10, RM15, RM20, RM30, RM40 and RM50 through the SMS.
Meanwhile, in his speech at the gathering, Ahmad Shabery said all the departments and agencies under the ministry were meant to provide accurate and up-to-date information to the public.
He said the ministry with its agencies such as the Information Department, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Bernama, and the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) played a role as story-tellers to form perceptions.
“Story telling is the core of the ministry’s business. So we need to play a strategic role in communications and shaping perceptions,” he said. – BERNAMA