KUALA LUMPUR, 31 March 2021 – Yayasan PETRONAS, in collaboration with PETRONAS, is continuing its annual Sentuhan Kasih Disaster Relief Programme to help 111 families affected by floods in the efforts to refurbish their homes as well as communal facilities.
Over RM41,000 worth of basic supplies and refurbishment items will be distributed to assist affected households and improve several communal facilities, including two pre-schools and one primary school in Kemaman, Dungun and Kuantan.
Yayasan PETRONAS Chief Executive Officer Shariah Nelly Francis said: “The pain of losing one’s home and the financial difficulties caused by the floods, especially during a pandemic, are often beyond what many underprivileged families can bear. We hope our contribution would help ease their situation as they continue to rebuild their lives.”
Since last week, PETRONAS has distributed learning aids, including chairs, desks, racks and whiteboards to Tabika Kemas Kampung Teladas, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pasir Raja and Taska Kemas Kampung Shukur in Terengganu. Household items such as gas cookers, rice cookers, rice, cooking oil, amongst others, will be delivered to four villages in Pahang and two villages in Terengganu in the first week of April.
Floods in the East Coast earlier this year forced more than 10,000 people and over 23,000 people to be evacuated to relief centres in Terengganu and Pahang respectively. Amongst those worst hit were residents of Kemaman and Dungun, as well as Paya Bungor, Kuantan.
Head of PETRONAS East Coast Che Ahmad Tarmizi Abdul Rahman added: “We have been working closely with local community heads to assist the affected families and identify the communal facilities that require restoration and refurbishment. We hope that through our contribution, homes will be rebuilt and communal activities can resume in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Yayasan PETRONAS’ Sentuhan Kasih Disaster Relief Programme is aligned with the PETRONAS Sustainability Agenda and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.
The Foundation has been working with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and non-governmental organisations to identify the needs of flood victims in various states across the country since the end of 2020.