Monday, November 15, 2010

Mama's Guest Entry 2 - URGENT APPEAL

1. Qurban for Life 1431H
There's still time for those of you who want to book your qurban. At just RM380 per qurban, your contributions will go towards preparing ready-to-eat qurban that goes a long way in helping to prevent hunger among the needy. Slaughter is scheduled to be done over four days (10-13 Dzulhijjah) at a selected abattoir in Australia and then shipped to Malaysia for canning. The end product - canned meat - will then be distributed to those who need it most. For fast orders, you can do online credit card purchase at www.muslimaidasia.com or call 03-22881996/03-22821996. Orders are still accepted until Nov 19th

2. Flood in Kedah & Perlis
A team of volunteers and staff went up north to visit flood affected areas in Kedah. Among the areas visited were Kuala Kedah and Alor Star. At the time of visit, flood survivors in Kuala Kedah were still living in cramped conditions in temporary shelter as water has only just receded. Paddy farmers are among those hardest hit as they would have to start their planting all over again. Expect shortage of rice in the near future as Kedah, as we know, is the Jelapang Padi (Rice Bowl) of Malaysia. We need to do more more to help the survivors, not just food aid but other essentials as the damage was quite extensive. Children, especially, will need help to go back to school in January. To contribute donations, call 03-22881996/03-22821996 or do it online at www.muslimaidasia.com. 

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Attached are some photographs taken during our recent food aid efforts in Kedah.  


Volunteers unloading cartons of food aid.
The canned qurban distributed to flood survivors.

We'll ensure delivery of your donations and contributions.

Inside a survivor's home - water has receded but cleaning up will not be easy.

Survivors are still living in cramped conditions at temporary shelters.

Damaged goods at a survivor's home.

Rice fields have become "lakes of misery" for the farmers. 
Angelina's note: Purrrlease be generous. Help us help them! purrr...meow!

17 comments:

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Cat, wow! That bad, huh! The floods!
I remember those days in Alor Star as well Kota Baru when the floods arrived.
Gosh! Really sad to see the padi fields underwater. Going to affect the farmers bad this time.

By the way Cat, just for your info, your font beneath your pics a wee bit tiny. Can scratch them bigger abit? Ha ha.
G'day, best regards, Lee.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Uncle Lee,
My Dad was in the team that went there. It is very bad situation now. So, we need the public to help as well. What the government is doing is not enough as the effect is long term and recovery will take a long time indeed. purrr....meow!

Nana said...

Hopefully the condition will get better soon. So sad to see the paddy field flooded like that. Yeah...it's going to be a long term effect on the less fortunate ones. Thanks for sharing the info...:(

Sandy said...

ack ! Disaster is everywhere ! I'll remind my mum (Tante Sandy's mum lives in Malaysia ^^) to channel donations for the people in Kedah & Perlis.

Monyet King said...

Hi Cat, shall I reproduce this message on my blog ? Friends of the monyets might be able to help too.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Nana,
Perhaps you can do some fundraising among the good people of Tokushima. Every little bit helps. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
Thank you! Every little bit helps. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Your Royal Monyetness,
Purrlease...go ahead. I wish the politicians will spend more time and effort helping the people than quarreling among each other. And didn't they politicise the flood relief efforts too? Shame on them. purrr....meow!

Naz said...

Dear Cat,
I've been in touch with relatives in Alor Setar. It is indeed a very sad situation down there at the moment.
They are anticipating a second wave end of this month and it is expected to last until mid December-.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Wow, Kitties and Mama, you guys are coordinating this all the way from Oz? Well done! Such dedication! Hope you guys manage to feed lots of hungry, needy folk. I participated in flood relief work in Dec 2007, in Segamat, Johor. It was hard work, but betapa berat mata yang memandang, berat lagi bahu yang memikul. Sigh!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Naz,
That's why we want to be prepared with supplies etc. The more funds we have, the more supplies we can provide. Unfortunately Malaysia is under the radar when it comes to disaster relief as many people are under the impression that this country is rich and the government can take care of the people. Unfortunately, the political landscape has changed so much since tsunami 2004. Everyone, it seems, is only for themselves. Nobody cares for the rakyat, unless it gives them political mileage. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

CO78,
It's being coordinated by the KL office. Malaysia, unfortunately, doesn't fall into the "needy" country category and so any natural disaster there doesn't attract as much notice as, say, Indonesia or Bangladesh. Thus, it's up to the local people to initiate. purrr....meow!

TK said...

People in the East Coast are so used to flood. Here in KT..hujan yg lebat sgt2 tu belum sampai lagi..Hopefully taun ni...things wont be that bad.
Slamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha 2 u!Last year we had the 1st, 2nd, 3rd wave..

Cat-in-Sydney said...

TK Sensei,
It doesn't matter whether the flood comes once or every year or all the time. What matters is that everybody deserves support. Some areas are better off as the powers that be are caring. In some areas, unfortunately, nobody cares. purrr...meow!

Al-Manar said...

We are bracing ourselves for a similar situation here. I wish they would stop this monsoon cup craze. I have not met one who has ever been to witness it over the past years.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
I wish that the millions they're spending to organise the Monsoon Cup are spent on helping the needy instead. purrr....meow!

I amsterdam said...

Dear Cat,

The flood this time was really bad, even worse than the one in 2005. Inside my father's house, the water went up higher than the knee, still he refused to move to the rehab, choosing to stay on the second floor instead. Alhamdulillah, nothing bad happenned. But his next door neighbour, who happens to live right beside the river, the house was submerged almost up to the roof!! Poor guy!!