Malaysia floods: Firefly Airlines goes all out to dispatch aid

Malaysia floods: Firefly Airlines goes all out to dispatch aid
Firefly Manager Hafiz Rosli (left) helping volunteer lifting various aids for Kelantan flood victim at Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas,Penang.

PETALING JAYA - Firefly Airlines is using all available cargo space on its daily flights to Kota Baru and Kuala Terengganu to dispatch boxes of relief and food items donated by generous Malaysians through The Star-MRCS-Firefly Relief Fund.

Its chief executive officer Ignatius Ong said the airline's donation centres in Subang, Kota Baru and Penang airports had received constant stream of visitors dropping off care packages and goods to be distributed at the various flood relief centres in the east coast.

"All available cargo space on our 10 daily flights to Kota Baru and five to Kuala Terengganu are being utilised to transport these supplies," he said.

Ong said Firefly was touched by the outpouring of support from non-governmental organisations and the public, adding the donation centres are open from 9am to 5pm daily.

To facilitate the process, donated goods should be packed in boxes and labelled for easy transportation, he added.

"We thank The Star Media Group for its generous support and to all who are joining forces to give us a helping hand.

"We are honoured to be able to serve the nation and we urge the public to come forward and assist our countrymen in their time of need," said Ong.

Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has also experienced an outpour in donations from caring Malaysians but what the society "desperately" need right now to pass to the flood victims are ready-to-eat and canned food.

MRCS executive secretary Nor Aziah Budin said the lack of clean water and proper facilities at relief centres made it difficult for volunteers to cook meals, so these items would come in handy.

"It will be good if the public can donate canned food that can just be heated up and consume such as curry-in-a-can and ready cooked and packed fried rice," Nor Aziah said, reminding the public to donate halal food items.

Nor Aziah said pillow, mattresses and blankets were also much sought after by the flood victims and these items could be sent to the MRCS headquarters at Lot PT54, Lengkok Beldfield, off Jalan Wisma Putra.

Mercy Malaysia has deployed its doctors, nurses and psychologists to some affected areas in Kelantan to provide medical support to local health services.

It has also been playing its part to aid flood victims and has distributed more than 3,000 hygiene products in the state as well as food items to more than 5,000 people in Pasir Mas and Rantau Panjang whose food stock has depleted due to persistent rain.

Mercy Malaysia has also handed out 1,400 hygiene kits at 49 evacuation centres in Terengganu.

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