KUALA LUMPUR - With a stroke of their brush and a dash of kindness, Malaysian artists are doing their bit by selling their artworks and donating the proceeds to the flood victims.
The initiative called "Art Charity For The Flood Victims" kicked off on Saturday and has so far generated RM50,000 (S$18,901) in sales.
Participated by over 80 artists, the effort was organised by the Malaysian Chinese Culture and Arts Consultative Council and City Art Gallery.
Some artists channelled 100 per cent of the proceeds to the victims while others pledged to donate 80 per cent.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said of the 80-odd pieces, over 10 had been sold so far.
"This initiative shows the caring nature of our artists," she said after launching the sale at the City Art Gallery in The AmpWalk here yesterday.
"The effort is a united display of concern for the flood victims and reflects the Malaysian spirit."
Chew, who is MCA vice-president, said when she visited the flood victims in the east coast, some still did not have clean water and electricity.
"I hope supply will be restored as they will not be able to resume normal life without these basic amenities," she said.
Chew said the National Security Council was handling all rescue and assistance and had set up operations in each district.
"The Welfare Department is part of this. We will do what we can to support the council's efforts," she added.
The paintings and artworks are priced between RM600 and RM15,000 each, and will be sold until Jan 11.
Those interested in purchasing the artworks can visit the gallery in Jalan Ampang or contact 03-27753933.