News Release

LDS Charities Join Forces with Malaysian Ministry

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was able to join forces with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development by giving emergency relief to victims of the recent flooding in Malaysia, as well as working with the Ministry on rebuilding measures for families that were driven from their homes by the record breaking floods. Sources report up to 240,000 people were displaced.

On January 3, 2015 over one hundred volunteers, under the direction of LDS Charities assembled 1,000 hygiene kits and 1,000 food kits which served a family of four for 72 hours. The kits were transported to a collection center near Subang Jaya and distributed to families in the affected states of Perak and Kelantan through Malaysia's Red Crescent. As flood waters receded, the daunting task of helping families rebuild was foremost for The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as reported by Dato' Sabariah Hassan, Ministry Secretary General. A task force organized by the Ministry allowed LDS Charities to provide relief by supplying much needed kitchen appliances to families whose homes were flooded "up to the roof".

On March 31 volunteers from the church met trucks near Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia and traveled to Kampong Batu Papan, one of the areas especially hard hit by the flooding. Refrigerators, rice cookers, gas cook tops, and electric kettles provided by LDS Charities were unloaded and distributed to families whose homes had been cleaned and were ready to be occupied.

Kampong resident, Nor Azian Awang Hamad, told of flood water rising beyond the roof of her home. Nor and Zuhar, along with their three children were able to retreat to an emergency shelter in Gua Musang. When the family returned to their home they found all their possessions had been lost to the flood. In the days that followed, assistance of food and water was received. The parents and children have since been cleaning, drying and rebuilding their home. The family was very grateful to receive the kitchen appliances donated by LDS Charities.

Another resident, Ahmad Izanuddin Bin Huzaizi, spent five days in a school after his home was completely flooded. The home has now been cleaned and he is able to work again. He was happy to direct the unloading of the donations by LDS Charities. Esha AB Rahman, 82, who fled the flood waters with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren said this was the most severe flood of her life. Esha was filled with gratitude for the new cook top as her grandson took them both home on his motorcycle.   

The Mission Statement of the Malaysia Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development includes "to strengthen the family institution towards improving social well being."  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints echoes the importance of the family unit. Leaders of the world wide church state that "the family is central to the Creator's plan...",  and "Parents have a duty to rear their children in love...and to be law abiding citizens wherever they live." as quoted in The Family, A Proclamation To The World. This common goal of "strengthening family" has allowed The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and LDS Charities to work together to relieve suffering and help rebuild families.

During the turnover ceremony in Kampong Batu Papan, Peter Ee, representing The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presented the kitchen appliances to the community. He thanked the residents for allowing the Church the opportunity to provide this service  and hoped for more opportunities to work with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development in the future. Village Leader "Mizi", En Ahmad Tarmizi Bin Ismail - Headman of JKKKP Batu Papan, Gua Musang Kelantan expressed his appreciation for the donations. He stated "families are beginning to return home and this contribution will allow them to resume their lives."  En Hizani Bin Ibrahim - Social Welfare Officer, Gua Musang, Kelantan, and En Azhar Bin Ismail - Senior Assistant Director, Productive Welfare Department, Kelantan, were also present. The donated items will be distributed to families who are rebuilding their homes and lives in and around Gua Musang, Malaysia.


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