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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Sabahans join in donation drive to help flood victims

The donation items was handed over to Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan (centre) by the Youth and Sports Department Director Datuk Dahali Matsin . Picture by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
The donation items was handed over to Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan (centre) by the Youth and Sports Department Director Datuk Dahali Matsin . Picture by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

PUTATAN – There are some things that we cannot predict and some things are also out of our control. December last year, Malaysia was hit with massive flooding. Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak and some areas in Sabah were badly affected.

More than 200,000 people were affected in the flood and 21 lives reported killed in less than a month, which residents described as the worst flood to hit the region in the past two decades.

Eighteen NGOs, government agencies and community from Sabah have come together in collecting essential goods and other forms of assistance for the flood victims in Peninsular Malaysia as well as some area affected in Sabah.

The Minister of of Youth and Sports Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan said in his speech the programme shows a sign of solidarity among Malaysians.

Some of the volunteers packing and sorting the donation items. - Picture by ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Some of the volunteers packing and sorting the donation items. – Picture by ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

“We need to instill the value of caring citizen in our community. This is a way we show love and support to the victims as well,” he said during the handing-over of donation at Youth and Sports Complex in Putatan, today.

The programme was an initiative from the Ministry of Sabah Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Youth and Sports Department.

According to the Youth and Sports Department Director Datuk Dahali Matsin, the clothes, foods and other items collected would be shipped immediately once all the items were sorted out.

Dahali said commercial air carrier AirAsia and the Royal Air Force will help with the shipment of the donation items. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah

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