KEMAMAN - Flood evacuation centres may be crowded with hundreds of thousands of people affected by rising waters, but this should not cramp one's fashion and style.
For children temporarily housed at the Kemaman Municipal Council hall, they are making full use of a free haircut by volunteers to spruce up their looks.
"I have been getting all sorts of requests for fancy hairstyles. These requests are not from parents but the kids themselves," said volunteer M. Amir Azizi Mohd Zaki.
"They've come and asked for fashionable looks like the 'spiky hair', the 'faded side-pompadour' and many other fancy styles. Some of them are just five or six years old," said Amir Azizi, who owns a barber shop in Kuala Terengganu and Dungun.
Amir Azizi, 25, who has been providing free haircut at various flood evacuation centres in the state, is part of a group of some dozen youth volunteers, dubbed the "Belia Nelang" (Brave Youths in Terengganu slang).
Some of the volunteers are his employees while others are students on practical training.
"I was given this opportunity by the State Family Development Foundation and I thought it would be a good experience.
"With the free haircut, parents can save on their money as the school season looms. It may not be much but being able to help flood victims even in a small way makes me happy," said Amir Azizi, whose group cut the hair of at least 150 people daily at each centre.
He said the experience also provided his students with good exposure.
Kasmi Arifin, 43, whose family of seven has been holed up at the centre since their Bandar Baru Bukit Mentok home was flooded a week ago, has only praise for the free service.
"The free haircut is just an added value to the excellent service provided at this flood evacuation centre.
"We are very well taken care of here," said Kasmi as he waits for his five-year-old son Mohd Danish to have his hair cut.
As at 3pm yesterday, there were 2,681 victims from 523 families at the centre.