KUALA LUMPUR – The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) has prepared more than 3,000 trained volunteers to help face the floods expected to hit several states, at the end of the year.
Its deputy minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said learning from the experience of the extraordinary floods last year, the volunteers had been trained to help targeted groups such as persons with disabilities, the elderly and children.
“In addition to volunteers registered through the Social Welfare Department (JKM) the ministry expects more volunteers from various departments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to be involved,” she told reporters at the opening of the National Council of Welfare and Social Development Malaysia (MAKPEM) 2015 seminar here today.
Azizah also called on individuals and organisations interested to volunteer to register immediately with JKM at the department’s website or visit the nearest JKM office to facilitate coordination of aid for flood victims later on.
In the meantime, the ministry was also preparing five depots in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor and Johor and 102 mini depots to store essential items such as mats, blankets and dry foodstuffs, she said.
Azizah added that JKM has so far identified 5,161 evacuation centres which could accommodate more than one million victims.
Meanwhile, she said, the ministry was prepared to provide financial assistance to parents or family members of the seven pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pos Tohoi who went missing since August.
“If there is a need we will extend financial aid,” she said adding that the ministry was also ready to send trained counselors to help the bereaved families cope with their loss.
On Aug 23, seven orang asli pupils, six girls and a boy, aged 7 to 11 years, of SK Tohoi escaped from a school hostel because they feared punishment after going for swim in a river without permission.
So far a decomposed body found in Sungai Perias near Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang has been confirmed to be the body of one girl involved.
Another skeletal remains of a child found in Sungai Perias, about 500 metres from Post Tohoi Thursday afternoon is yet to be identified. – BERNAMA