Foundation doles out aid to flood affected families

Petronas East Coast media relations manager Zamri Mohamad (right) hands over learning aid for Kampung Teladas Tabika Kemas in Kemaman, Terengganu to Kemaman District Kemas officer Ahmad Asri Sulaiman (left).

KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Petronas, in collaboration with Petronas is helping 111 flood affected families to refurbish their homes as well as communal facilities under its annual Sentuhan Kasih Disaster Relief programme.

Floods in the East Coast earlier this year forced more than 10,000 people in Terengganu and over 23,000 people in Pahang to be evacuated to relief centres. Among those worst hit were residents of Kemaman and Dungun, as well as Paya Bungor, Kuantan.

Yayasan Petronas will distribute over RM41,000 worth of basic supplies and refurbishment items to assist affected households and improve several communal facilities, including two pre-schools and one primary school in Kemaman, Dungun and Kuantan.

Since last week, Petronas has distributed learning aid, including chairs, desks, racks and whiteboards to Kampung Teladas Tabika Kemas, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pasir Raja and Kampung Shukur Taska Kemas in Terengganu.

While household items such as gas cookers, rice cookers, rice, cooking oil, among others were delivered to four villages in Pahang and two villages in Terengganu in the first week of April.

Yayasan Petronas chief executive officer Nelly Francis Shariah said the pain of losing one’s home and the financial difficulties caused by the floods, especially during a pandemic, were often beyond what many underprivileged families could bear.

“We hope our contribution will help ease their situation as they continue to rebuild their lives,” she said.

Head of Petronas East Coast Che Ahmad Tarmizi Abdul Rahman said that they have been working closely with local community heads to assist the affected families and identify the communal facilities that require restoration and refurbishment.

“We hope that through our contribution, homes will be rebuilt and communal activities can resume in a safe and comfortable environment,” he said.

Yayasan Petronas’ Sentuhan Kasih Disaster Relief programme is aligned with Petronas Sustainability Agenda and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.

The foundation has been working with the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and non-governmental organisations to identify the needs of flood victims in various states across the country since the end of last year.