Allianz Malaysia delivers food aid to Orang Asli in Gua Musang
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Allianz Malaysia embarked on a pre-flood preparedness mission to deliver food supplies to the Orang Asli villages in Gua Musang, Kelantan.
The four-day mission led by Human Rights activist Siti Zabedah Kasim and supported by Allianz employees, began on 20 December 2015 and ended on 23 December 2015.
Allianz Malaysia delivered 22 tonnes (22,000 kg) of up to 4-day food supplies such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, salt, cans of sardine and anchovies to 21 Orang Asli districts in Gua Musang, Kelantan which is home to some 210 Orang Asli villages comprising of about 2,100 Orang Asli.
“After seeing the devastation of the flood last year and some Orang Asli community totally cut off from food supply in Gua Musang area, we decided to take proactive measures prior to the forthcoming monsoon season. Together with Siti, we came up with the idea of forming food storage locations that would ensure that in the event of flood, the Orang Asli communities would at least have the basic food supply to last for up to 4 days before the rescue personnel can reach them,” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good, Allianz Malaysia’s Corporate Responsibility Department.
As part of the initiative, Allianz Malaysia hired six lorries to transport the food supplies from Kuala Lumpur to Kg. Parek in Gua Musang. A further 10 four-wheel drives were hired to transfer the food supply from Kg. Parek to the designated food storage locations in the 21 districts. Each storage location is managed by a Committee set up by the Orang Asli community and the food shall only be disbursed during floods.
In the event there is no flood, the food supplies will be disbursed to the Orang Asli communities after the monsoon season.
Allianz Malaysia will continue to closely monitor the situation during the monsoon season.