As of December 29th, 2014, over 240,000 people were affected and displaced due to the flood in various states of Malaysia with Kelantan being the most severely affected area. Some residents in the villages have lost communications and electricity services. Besides the displacement of people, there was also a serious lack of basic necessities such as food, baby milk and sanitary napkins. Thousands of houses were submerged by the flood and needed intensive cleaning, rebuilding and refurbishment following the devastating effects of the tragedy.
Knowing this catastrophe, Majulah Community commissioned two phases of Project Peduli - Pantai Timur (Trans: East Coast) that aims to provide short and mid-term relief to the flood-affected victims in neighbouring East Coast Malaysia.
In the initial phase of the project, Majulah successfully collected more than 10,000 Ziploc Bags or Packed Rations comprising of dry food (i.e. instant noodles, canned food, biscuits, packed drinks, etc.) as part of an 18-tonne food supply to Temerloh, Pahang. Volunteers on the ground packed items into smaller bags for easy distribution upon reaching Ground Zero.
On 29th to 31st December 2014, two members of Majulah Community led the mission and headed to Pahang with an 8-tonne truck loaded with the donated dry food. Together with Malaysian NGO - Pertubuhan IKRAM ("IKRAM"), they distributed the food along serveal areas in Temerloh, Pahang that was then submerged in water.
More food rations were needed for the people in Pahang, Temerloh. Other volunteers and members of Majulah Community in Singapore immediately started planning and publicising a second donation drive. A total of almost 10-tonnes of food were collected and packed in a day.
A second mission team of 8 men headed to Temerloh, Pahang in another relief convoy with IKRAM. The team participated in post-disaster relief management in the form of large area clean up, especially of public schools. The team was among the first to provide relief after the water had receded in many areas. '
After the team had left, other groups from Malaysia moved in Temerloh. Majulah's assessment in Pahang, Temerloh, will not post any big challenges for local entities to organise large redevelopment efforts.
Kelantan, Kampung Kemubu
This area is home to 387 families and approximately 2000 individuals. Three villages were surveyed: Kampung Kemubu, Dabong and Kuala Krai.
A mission team of 13 individuals of Majulah volunteers headed to Kampung Kemubu in January 2015, to address the needs identified through the hierarchical pyramid.
The team eventually decided to aid the reconstruction of Kampung Kemubu due to the strategic location of the village that includes an accessible river that can provide water for the water filtration systems. Kampung Kemubu is also well-organised, which is imperative in order for intervention plans to be conducted effectively.
A few members of the team were trained to install water filtration systems, while the rest were assigned to clean houses in the kampung which were destroyed with mud, and water. The team also provided some relief by holding a massive luncheon for the whole kampung.
While Phase 2 tried to address the needs of Kampung Kemubu, Majulah realised that there are other villages which are still in need of food resources or a helping hand in cleaning their torned-down houses.
Since then, Majulah has worked together with Rahmatan Lil A'Lamin Foundation (RLAF), and collaborated with mosques, institutions and madrasahs for follow-up missions to these affected areas, and to also introduce them to the idea of humanitarian efforts in both local and overseas context.
Majulah sent 25 Hearts Team, comprising of youth volunteers from madrasahs and institutions, in September 2015 for further assessment and clean-up at Kelantan, Kampung Kemubu.