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Tzu Chi Malaysia’s Great Love to Flood Victims

Written by  Gan Chian Nee, KL & Selangor / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

Jing-Si Instant Rice was packed and sent from all Jing-Si Books & Cafe in Klang Valley to KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Lim Yen Kuan]

Eight Malaysian States suffered severe flooding due to the incessant rain in December. Tzu Chi volunteers provided relief efforts in Gua Musang (Kelantan), and Kuala Lipis and Temerloh (Pahang). On December 26, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor established a command centre and mobilized volunteers to register the aid recipients in the affected areas. The first aid distribution was held on December 28.


 
On December 25, volunteers of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor departed for Southern Kelantan to survey the disaster areas. At the same time, the CEOs of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Pulau Pinang called for an emergency meeting at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to discuss a joint effort in providing aid and care.
 
On December 27, the first batch of ten volunteers arrived in Gua Musang, Kelantan, to assess the situation and shortlist the aid recipients for the December 28 distribution. At 2 pm, 12 volunteers in three groups proceeded to Kuala Lipis, Kuantan and Temerloh in Pahang respectively to survey the disaster areas in that State. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Gua Musang took seven hours and for road safety purposes, volunteers checked the routes beforehand to ensure smooth delivery of relief aid by trucks.
 
At the same time, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor also prepared the material aid needed for the distribution. When some public members learnt of this, they came forward to assist in loading the relief items at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. For the second distribution, volunteers collected Jing-Si Instant Rice* from all Jing-Si outlets in KL & Selangor, for inclusion in the handout, together with 13 other items, namely, mineral water, dry food, daily necessities, candles, sarong, and so on.
 
 
*Jing-Si Instant Rice has been developed to provide hot meals during disaster. This instant food product does not require any cooking as it can be prepared with cold water. It is convenient when carrying out international disaster relief work.
 
 
A helicopter view of the disaster area, taken by the first batch of volunteers on their survey trip to Kelantan on December 25. [Photograph by Lee Mun Keat]   CEOs of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Pulau Pinang called for an emergency meeting at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to discuss a joint effort in providing aid and care. [Photograph by Loh Hon Fui]

A helicopter view of the disaster area, taken by the first batch of volunteers on their survey trip to Kelantan on December 25. [Photograph by Lee Mun Keat]
 
CEOs of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Pulau Pinang called for an emergency meeting at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to discuss a joint effort in providing aid and care. [Photograph by Loh Hon Fui]
 
Boxes of material aid ready for disaster victims. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
  Members of the public, who learnt about the relief efforts, came forward to help in loading the items at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]

Boxes of material aid ready for disaster victims. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
 
Members of the public, who learnt about the relief efforts, came forward to help in loading the items at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
On December 27 at 7 am, the first batch of ten volunteers arrived in Gua Musang, Kelantan, to assess the situation and shortlist the aid recipients for December 28 distribution. [Photograph by Loh Hon Fui]    

On December 27 at 7 am, the first batch of ten volunteers arrived in Gua Musang, Kelantan, to assess the situation and shortlist the aid recipients for December 28 distribution. [Photograph by Loh Hon Fui]