Proton flood relief mission eases burden

By CARSIFU | 7 January 2015

SUBANG JAYA: Proton has mobilised its Flood Relief Mission to the East Coast comprising 45 volunteers from its employees based at its headquarters in Subang Jaya as well as Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu branches.

The support for a two-day flood relief operation which started on 1 January 2015, is to lend a hand in the massive cleanup of public places and houses of the poor and the elderly.

“We are saddened by the hardships caused by the floods in the East Coast area as many were forced to flee from their homes unexpectedly when the floods hit the East Coast region last month in brutal force. We started the initiative in Pasir Mas, Kelantan on our first day (1 January), in a small village called Kg Sakar Sungai which is away from the main road and has not been visited by any NGOs. It is very fortunate that we are here to assist the 61 families who were stranded in their own homes," said Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Proton.

Abdul Harith added, "Help was extended to 205 other families in Terengganu on our second day, particularly in Kemaman. We hope our assistance will ease the burden of impacted families and communities particularly those who need financial aid for their children who will soon start their new school term."

On 1 January, Proton Flood Relief Mission to the East Coast helped clean up several public places and houses of ailing old folks in Kampung Sakar Sungai, Pasir Mas, Kelantan and several houses of Proton’s staff in Pasir Hor.

Proton also contributed essential items which include canned food supplies, biscuits, toiletries, mineral water, blankets, baby disposable diapers, sanitary pads and disposable underwear.

The items were presented to representatives of the 61 affected families by Abdul Harith and Proton Edar’s Chief Executive Officer, Norzahid Mohd Zahudi.

On the same day, 41 employees of Proton also received similar aid, courtesy of Proton's Kota Bharu branch.

On 2 January, help was extended to Kemaman, Terengganu where Proton contributed essential items to 142 families of PDRM Terengganu.

The contribution was handed over to Kemaman District Deputy Police Chief, DSP Normansah bin Din to representatives of police stations in Terengganu in which 58 of the families affected are from Kemaman district.

Essential items were also distributed to 60 families through the Community Service Centre under the care of Kemaman MP, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Proton then visited 3 of its employees in Kemaman and Dungun to assist in the cleanup of their houses and contributed essential items to them.