We kicked off the New Year with intensive brainstorming sessions to create a 3-year Workplan and strategies for moving forward as we approach our 20th anniversary in 2019. While at it, our teams continued working on the ground, mainly on flood relief in various parts of Malaysia as well as Building Resilient Communities (BRC) programmes. These are made possible only with your kind contributions. Thank you for your support of MERCY Malaysia, and we look forward to hear from you if you have any feedback or enquiries. Please send your missives to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.www.mercy.org.my for full details.
1 JANUARY 2018
WE HAVE MOVED!
To keep up with changing times, we have moved from our homely office at Jalan Langgak Golf to an office lot at Oval Damansara. December 2017 was a busy time packing and unpacking from one office to another. We have accumulated a substantial amount of things in the last 18 years, so the move was also a good time to clear unwanted stuff and prepare space for the new!
Our new office address is as below:
Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Reg No. 1155)
Unit 19-8, 19th Floor,
Menara Oval Damansara,
No. 685, Jalan Damansara,
T: +603 7733 5920 F: +603 7733 4920
3 JAN 2018
FLOOD RELIEF JOHOR
While most children and parents are busy preparing to start school, some families and schools were battling floodwaters instead. Our assessment teams visited the districts of Endau Rompin and Mersing, where over a thousand people have been evacuated. Meanwhile, another team was sent to distribute Hygiene Kits and offer relief aid at flood-ridden areas.
5 JAN 2018
FLOOD RELIEF TERENGGANU
Our efficient volunteer team in Terengganu kicked into action upon receiving news that the evacuation centres at Pasir Raja and Kg Shukor were in need of assistance. Hygiene kits were delivered to 200 families, while food supplies were sent to the Simpang Empat Jongok Batu evacuation centre at Bukit Besi, Dungun. Thank you, Flying Squad DDA P039 and Team 4×4 Squad Bencana Parlimen Dungun for your kind assistance in reaching areas that were cut off by floodwaters! Grateful thanks also go to our loyal partner Yayasan Sime Darby, for the timely sponsorship.
6 – 9 JAN 2018
FLOOD RELIEF PAHANG
The heavy flow of water from Sungai Pahang, Kuantan, coincided with the onset of high tides at the Pekan district, resulting in bad floods that lasted over a week. Together with a team of volunteers, MERCY Malaysia provided Hygiene Kits and mineral water to hard-hit areas. It was a challenging mission, as some of the areas were only accessible through army trucks and boats, but the looks of joy on the affected communities when we arrived made it worth the journey!
1. Kampung Cenderawasih – 102 families
2. Sekolah Kebangsaan Temai – 31 families
3. Sekolah Kebangsaan Acheh – 6 families
4. Pulau Manis Evacuation Center (EC) – 22 families
5. Tanjung Pulai EC – 14 families
6. Kampung Belimbing – 62 families
11 JAN 2018
OFFICIAL VISIT TO PETRONAS
Our President, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, was invited to speak on volunteerism and MERCY Malaysia’s journey in the last 19 years by the Association of Wives and Women Staff of PETRONAS (PETRONITA). Attended by over 30 staff, the lunch talk served to inspire and educate women on how they can contribute to the less fortunate.
12 JAN 2018
KARNIVAL JOM SIHAT, KUALA TERENGGANU
It was a bright and sunny day in Terengganu state where MERCY Malaysia participated in the Karnival Jom Sihat in Kuala Terengganu. The event, held at the Foyer of Paya Bunga Square from 8 am to 1 pm, attracted hundreds of people who came to learn about health and wellness. Our booth, which showcased CPR for children and babies, was also visited by the Chief Minister of Terengganu, YAB Mr Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman. Thank you to our local partner HMS Promedic Services Kuala Terengganu for your kind assistance!
14 JAN 2018
FLOOD RELIEF PAHANG
Just when we thought the flood season was over, Pahang was hit by a second wave of flooding, which struck so quickly that many residents were caught unawares. Upon receiving a request from the relevant authorities, we delivered mineral water, hygiene kits and sanitary napkins to 150 families at four evacuation centres: SK Permatang Keledang, PP Kg. Lamir, SK Seri Terentang and SK Seri Biram.
16 JAN 2018
PRIMARY HEALTH CLINIC, MYANMAR
The latest report from our Myanmar representative showed that the Primary Health Clinic we are currently building in Kyauktan, Myanmar, is almost completed. The previously crumbling building has now been transformed into a brand new structure that will be safe and comfortable for the local villagers to seek medical attention upon full completion. Thank you to Mediaprima for your kind sponsorship of this rural development project!
19 JAN 2018
Our volunteer Dr Sylvia Lim presented a New Year gift to MERCY Malaysia Sabah Chapter in the form of an Ultrasonic Scaler. The scaler will be most useful for our outreach clinic programmes in Sabah. Thank you!
19 JAN 2018
PENANG FLOOD RELIEF
Thanks to generous sponsors of the Penang Flood Relief, MERCY Malaysia donated 48 chairs, 39 tables and power points to SMK Datuk Hj Ahmad Said, Sg Dua, Butterworth, which was badly affected during Penang’s bad flood in November 2017. The contribution was most timely as the school had just started their afternoon sessions this year, increasing their student intake from 600 to 1000. The contribution were received by Principal Norliza Mustafa, Asst Principals Zarina Zakaria and Raja Rosalina Raja Hassan, teacher Che Rodziah and lab assistant Suriati Muhd Radin.
21 JAN 2018
POST-FLOOD RESPONSE PAHANG
The floods that turned SK Temai, Pekan, into an island-cum-evacuation centre for a week finally subsided after 10 days. That was when volunteers from MERCY Malaysia and Yayasan Sime Darby rolled up their sleeves to help with the massive clean-up! Haji Azhar, Headmaster of SK Temai, was ever so grateful with the assistance, without which it would not be possible for students to resume classes immediately the following day. Some of the volunteers came from as far as Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur – thank you for your time!
20-21 JAN 2018
BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME, PENANG
We had full house attendance at the Building Resilient Communities workshop conducted for the Penang State Secretariat from 20-21 January 2018. The workshop was officiated by YB Phee Boon Poh, State Exco for Welfare, Caring Society & Environment, and attended by 60 Head of Departments from various governmental agencies. Workshop participants enjoyed insights into disaster management and how to identify possible risks before, during and after a disaster. The Town Watching activity, a proprietary program currently offered only by MERCY Malaysia in the region, provided valuable knowledge transfer to the participants, who would then be able to put it to good use in their own departments when the next disaster strikes.
Thank you to our excellent Tech Team and volunteer photographer extraordinaire Zahid Izzani Mohd Said for your kind assistance. Most of all, thank you to everyone who had contributed to the Penang Flood Relief Fund!
27 JAN 2018
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION TRAINING, JAPAN
MERCY Malaysia recently partnered with Kobe University as the UNESCO Chair on Gender and Vulnerability in DRR Support Programme held at Tokyo. The programme involves training and education on Disaster Risk Reduction at post-graduate level, among school children, academicians, professionals, policy-makers and society at large. The partnership with Kobe University will also facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized institutions working in relevant fields.
27 JAN 2018
BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES SEMINAR, PAM
MERCY Malaysia conducted a Building Resilient Communities seminar with Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) at the PAM Centre, Bangsar, which was attended by 153 PAM members. Speakers comprising Mr Norazam Samah, Mr Hafiz Amirrol, and Mr Fairuz Reza Razali shared knowledge, experience and best practices from humanitarian workers and practitioners from the built environment. The seminar aimed to build communities that are resilient during, before and after disasters, creating a movement towards safer and more resilient built environments.
30 JAN 2018
MEDICAL PROGRAMME FOR URBAN POOR
A health screening and awareness programme for the urban poor was conducted at Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sri Purnama, Subang Bestari to provide medical access and education to marginalised communities. The programme was attended by 44 children aged between 5 – 12 years old and 67 adults. A psychosocial workshop was held with the children, most of whom were found to be illiterate, while the adults were provided free health screening. Grateful thanks go to PruBSN for their support of this programme!