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Since December last year, the country was hit by many flood incidents especially in Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Pahang, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The recent flood situation is one of the worst the country has faced.

 

Allianz Malaysia understands the difficulties faced by flood survivors and is taking a number of measures to ease their burdens. Besides creating claims awareness and expediting claims process for affected customers and employees, the Company plays a role in providing aid measures for communities affected by the flood.

 

“Flooding raises a serious concern. We have seen our customers and even our own employees go through a flood situation, and it is certainly not easy.  As a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty not just as an insurer, but as a community to help the flood survivors in this most difficult time,” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good.

 

Allianz Malaysia has undertaken a number of community-related initiatives to aid those affected by the floods. Two collection drives for necessities such as food, clothes and sanitary items were carried out amongst employees and agents. Allianz Malaysia supplemented this by making a cash contribution to the Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (“MVFRA”) for the purchase of urgently requested items. These items were distributed by MVFRA to affected communities in Kemaman, Pengkalan Chepa, Manek Urai, Ipoh, Gua Musang, Kuala Betis, Temerloh and Maran.

 

Allianz Malaysia also collaborated with Cypark Resources Berhad (“Cypark”) to transport solar powered lighting systems as well as solar-powered water desalination and purification systems to districts in the Kuala Krai area, specifically Manek Urai Lama and Kuala Nal, to provide relief to the area which saw their electricity and water supply infrastructure damaged by the floods. Allianz Malaysia bore the transportation costs; while Cypark provided the expertise to set up the equipment and also trained the relief centre coordinators on the use of the systems. By working with Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Majlis Keselamatan Negara, Cypark was able to identify centres where the infrastructure was devastated by the floods and subsequently install the relevant systems to provide much-needed temporary power and clean water to people living in the community.

 

A third community-related initiative by Allianz Malaysia was the deployment of 43 employee volunteers, agents, their friends and family members from different parts of the country to clean up a flood-affected school which was identified by Ops Harapan between 6 January and 10 January 2015. Together, they cleaned up SK Tebing Tinggi, a school in Tanah Merah located by the Kelantan River which had its entire ground floor flooded. They also cleaned out the mud and debris from the school by shovelling out water-soaked books, breaking down and carrying out unusable furniture and fittings, and pushing stagnant pools of mud out of the classrooms and drains.

 

Allianz Malaysia then handed over stationery sets, new uniforms and socks to the headmaster of the school for all its students in an effort to reduce the costs that families will have to incur in getting their children back to school. The Company will continue to distribute school items to affected schools in Kelantan and Pahang in the coming weeks.

 

Allianz Malaysia also supported an operation to provide 20 tonnes of food items and medical aid to Orang Asli communities in Gua Musang, who were cut off from assistance for almost three months.

 

“Our employees have rallied behind the call for contributions in kind and by giving their time to volunteer. For that we are extremely proud. We sincerely hope that our corporate responsibility efforts are able help affected people resume their daily lives after misfortune.” concluded Ng.

 

 

About Allianz in Malaysia

The investment holding company, Allianz Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Allianz SE, has two insurance subsidiaries - Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad (“Allianz General”) and Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“Allianz Life”).

 

Allianz General is one of the leading general insurers in Malaysia and has a broad spectrum of services in personal lines; small to medium enterprise business and large industrial risks.  Allianz General also leverages on the bancassurance agreement with CIMB Bank to reach out to the bank's over-a-million-customer base.  The GWP for general insurance business for financial year 2013 reached a mark of RM1.98 billion.

 

Allianz Life offers a comprehensive range of life and health insurance and investment-linked products and for the financial year 2013, Allianz Life recorded a gross written premium (“GWP”) of RM1.60 billion and is one of the fastest growing life insurers in Malaysia.

 

Allianz Malaysia has 35 branches nationwide.