The secluded villages were cut off from the rest of the world due to the floods.
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Volunteers from the Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya (GSPJ) Sikh temple, together with their counterparts from Bentong (GS Bentong) travelled hundreds of kilometres, through floods, forests and plantations, to deliver aid and supplies to the Orang Asli communities in Pahang and Selangor.
Videos and images shared by GSPJ and the volunteers themselves over the New Year’s weekend saw a convoy of six to seven vehicles braving the flooded backroads heading towards Kampung Orang Asli Merbau in Maran, in the pouring rain, and managed to successfully send dry rations and other essential items to around 70 families who were more or less, trapped there.
Was glad to help the native malaysians today in our mission to supply food before the road to their village submerged under water again which will cut off their access to town. #DaruratBanjir #maran #pahang #dhangurunanak @gurdwarasahibpj @pargatt_ pic.twitter.com/wnEscpoKUx— Amarraj Singh (@SardarAmarraj) January 2, 2022
The team of volunteers took about two hours in efforts to reach the village from Bentong, however, their journey was cut short when the convoy couldn’t go any further due to the floodwaters.
Fortunately, with the help of the villagers themselves, the team was able to complete the final stretch of their supply run by boat.
“It was a very challenging experience because we had to cross the Pahang River and drive next to the Pahang River for approximately 10 to 20km, deep into the village,” said the narrator in the video, sharing anecdotes of their journey and how they were able to send supplies and made it back safe to Bentong within 24 hours.
2.1.22| Volunteers of GSPJ & GS Bentong has travelled to Kg Orang Asli Merbau, Maran Pahang, dry rations & other essentials items was given and they transported it via boats to the houses and villages further. @SardarAmarraj @pargatt_ @SikhInside @tashny pic.twitter.com/VOWIogVase— Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya (@gurdwarasahibpj) January 2, 2022
Meanwhile, another team of volunteers managed to send relief aid to the villagers at Kampung Sementeh and Kampung Sungai Leleh in Lancang.
Images shared by the team saw them handing out bags of supplies to villagers while sharing snapshots of the humble village life there.
2.1.2022 | This team of volunteers lead by Navjeet Singh @nav7eet & Sarabmeet Singh @sarabmeet have went to Lanchang, Temerloh for the on ground aid mission. Kudos to all the volunteers for all the challenging task in providing the relief aid. Stay blesed & stay safe. @SikhInside pic.twitter.com/EBajD5ukwK— Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya (@gurdwarasahibpj) January 2, 2022
Closer to the Klang Valley, the GSPJ flood relief team also successfully sent aid to the Orang Asli village in Pulau Carey, Selangor.
This time, the team were seen venturing offroad through palm oil plantations in order to deliver supplies to Kampung Sungai Kurau.
“Sungai Kurau is one of the furthest villages at Pulau Carey. It’s very secluded and when it floods, we can’t say much, we’ve truly lost connection (with the outside world) the roads are blocked and we can’t go anywhere,” one villager was recorded saying, and thanked local non-government organisations (NGOs) for aiding them through the tough times.
“We didn’t have any electricity for eight days,” shared another villager as she described how floodwaters there reach waist-deep and how some villagers had to depend on candles and small gas generators to illuminate their nights.
The ‘makcik’ went on to explain how the villagers are in dire need of essentials like milk and baby powder as well as school supplies like clothing, textbooks and stationery for the children.
Help the flood relief
GSPJ is seeking help from the rakyat to contribute to their flood relief efforts in any that they can such as donating food, medicine, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
Those with offroad (4X4) vehicles as well as anyone who would like to help package and deliver, or simply send in cash donations can do so by contacting the team via WhatsApp at +60102174556 or dropping off your donations directly at GSPJ between 10am and 4pm any day of the week.
The public is also encouraged to contact the team if they are aware of and have information on flood victims who are in need of aid.
However, the team specifically mentioned that they DO NOT need donations of clothing. So do keep that in mind if you want to help.
Gurdwara Sahib PJ Flood Foodbank @gurdwarasahibpj is continuing with the flood relief efforts.— Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya (@gurdwarasahibpj) January 2, 2022
If you know anyone who is need of any aid please whatsapp to +60102174556@tashny @SikhInside @sadhosays pic.twitter.com/yVXP9wYekS
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