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 (File pix) Mah Sing Group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said Mah Sing Foundation today pledged RM500,000 in aid to thousands of flood victims in Penang. Pix by Aziah Azmee
(File pix) Mah Sing Group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said Mah Sing Foundation today pledged RM500,000 in aid to thousands of flood victims in Penang. Pix by Aziah Azmee

GEORGE TOWN: Mah Sing Foundation today pledged RM500,000 in aid to thousands of flood victims in the state.

The recent major flood has prompted Mah Sing Group to immediately gather their resources and respond to the needs of the victims.

So far, some 100 families in Bukit Mertajam received cleaning supplies and household items such as mattresses.

This will be followed by aid distribution to other areas such as Butterworth and Jalan Zoo and Sungai Dua on the island, which were also badly hit.

“Our first concern upon hearing the news was to check on the safety of all our staff and their families in Penang, and the second was to think of how we could help the worst hit communities there," Mah Sing Group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said.

"As such, Mah Sing Foundation is pledging RM500,000 to give immediate aid to those affected.

"Thanks to news reports, we know that they do not require any more food contributions, which is why we are focusing our relief efforts in non-perishables, household products and mattresses to meet the immediate needs," he said.

Leong said they were sympathetic to the situation and the victims, whose lives have been changed because of the flood.

"As a property developer, we are concerned and we will give back to the society, especially the states which we operate in such as Penang.

"We will continue to support and assist with the disaster relief efforts to the affected communities to rebuild their life. We will help as much as we can to lift a little bit of burden off the victims,” he added.

Yesterday, a team of 25 Mah Sing’s staff, including senior chief operating officer, Seth Lim, and a group of volunteers, distribute flood relief items in Bukit Mertajam.

The Mah Sing team spent a whole day packing gloves, pails, mops, cleaning hoses, brooms, cleaning detergents, garbage bags and also household items such as mattresses, pillows bedsheets and blankets.

They visited house-to-house with a lorry in tow to distribute the bulkier items like mattresses, pillows bedsheets and blankets.

Lim said they had put together a disaster relief team and identified the items that the flood victims could use to clean-up their flooded residences and also mattresses for them to sleep on as a priority.

"Mah Sing’s team began coordinating the emergency relief since last Sunday and distribution of needed items began yesterday." he added.

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