By Norrasyidah Arshad
PETALING JAYA, Sept 24 — The Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) or MBI will be using nearly half of the RM1.5 million allocation for its special disaster fund to make preparation for the flood disaster that is predicted to occur by year-end.
Its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) head Ahmad Azri Zainal Nor said a total of RM700,000 will be allocated to provide basic items for flood victims based on their needs.
“The allocation will be used to purchase retort packaged foods, mattresses, pillows, blankets and other items depending on the flood victims’ needs,” he said during the incentives presentation ceremony to Muassasah Haj pilgrims from Seri Setia state constituency here today.
Also present during the ceremony were Seri Setia assemblyman Halimey Abu Bakar and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah.
Ahmad Azri said MBI has also coordinated relief efforts with several agencies including volunteers from Selangor Local Youth Movement (PeBS) to ensure smooth delivery of aid.
“During floods we want the foods to be delivered fast to the temporary relief centres. So we discussed ways to do it even in situations where the floodwaters have yet to recede,” he said.
This year, MBI has allocated RM1.5 million from its RM30 million CSR initiatives to help disaster victims.
As of today, 2,000 flood victims in Selangor have received benefits amounting to RM400,000.