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KUALA LUMPUR: A 12-car convoy carrying some 40 volunteers comprising New Straits Times Press Bhd (NSTP) and Media Prima Bhd (MPB) staff left for Thailand this morning for a week-long humanitarian relief mission.
The mission, under the Tabung Bencana NSTP-Media Prima, will see them distributing goods worth RM60,000 to some 600 victims of the floods that hit Bangkok last year.
They will also carry out community work such as cleaning up the affected houses and visit orphanages.
This is the first time NSTP-MPB volunteers are going out of the country on a mission. It had participated in several flood relief missions in Johor, Kedah, Perlis and Sarawak.
The convoy was flagged off from Balai Berita by MPB director and SP Setia Foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. Also in the convoy is Media Prima and NSTP executive director, Datuk Ahmad A. Talib.
SP Setia Foundation and Proton are among the sponsors of the mission.
Other sponsors include Proton, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad, Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn Bhd, Public Gold Marketing Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Bekalan Air Se langor Sdn Bhd, Shell Lubricants, Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, PLUS Expressways Berhad, GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Kelab 4x4 Redah and Kelab 4x4 Kembara Selangor.
Mission members would visit areas in northern Bangkok such as Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Surat Thani. The mission is assisted by the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok.