Singapore to contribute $100,000 to aid flood victims in Malaysia

Singapore to contribute $100,000 to aid flood victims in Malaysia

SINGAPORE - Singapore will be making a contribution of $100,000 to support flood relief efforts in Malaysia, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The funds will be channelled through the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS), said MFA.

The Singapore Government will also provide water purification units to help in the production of clean drinking water for victims of the floods.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Razak Monday afternoon (Dec 29) to express Singapore's concern for the victims of the floods and offer assistance.

Ministers K Shanmugam, Lui Tuck Yew and Ng Eng Hen have also spoken to their Malaysian counterparts to express concern and offer assistance.

In addition, the SRC will contribute another $127,000 to relief efforts of the MRCS from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund.

SRC Secretary General, Mr Benjamin William, said in a statement on Monday that he will hand over Singapore's total contribution to MRCS Chairman, YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato' Shahriman, at the MRCS' national headquarters in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

The contribution to MRCS will be used to purchase and distribute muchneeded relief items such as food rations, hygiene kits and blankets to affected communities.

Some 300 MRCS volunteers have been mobilised and are on the ground to support the relief distribution, currently focused on Kelantan, one of the worst-affected areas.

MRCS has pledged support for more than 160,000 displaced evacuees.

Eight Malaysian states have been affected by the floods, and SRC will continue to work with MRCS on how Singaporeans could provide support to the relief efforts.

For those who want to contribute, SRC will accept walk-in donations for ongoing relief efforts in the areas affected by the floods.

Cheques can be made payable to 'Singapore Red Cross Society', indicating 'Malaysian Floods 2014', donor's name and contact details at the back, and posted it to Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 236486.

Monetary donations can be made at the Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 236486 from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm.

maryanns@sph.com.sg

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