Funds for Myanmar cyclone victimsPosted: May 13, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today launched a fund for the victims of the May 3 cyclone which hit Myanmar, where the death toll could reach as high as 100,000.
“We help them on humanitarian grounds; there is no politics in this matter. When there are people suffering, we Malaysians always offer assistance,” he said.
Those who want to donate to the Myanmar fund can send a Short Message Service (SMS) by typing “derma” (donation) followed by the amount, between RM1 and RM10, to 32776.
They can also send cheques in the name of “Tabung Bencana Kementerian Luar Negeri” (Foreign Ministry Disaster Fund) to the ministry.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said people could begin sending in their contributions from today.
The ministry has also reactivated the humanitarian fund to help victims of yesterday’s earthquake in China which has claimed nearly 10,000 lives, he told reporters after the launch of the Myanmar fund. — Bernama
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I just wrote about how the Myanmar cyclone victims were being forgotten here. Looks like that’s not entirely true.
But to be honest, I don’t see why it took the government this long to get the fund started and launched. It has been more than a week since the cyclone, and they’re only “happily” launching the thing now? Just look at the photo taken during the launch.
Photo taken by Choo Choy May of Malaysian Insider, here.
How can launching a fund for disaster victims be such a happy event?
But well, I guess later is still better than never. Let’s just hope that whatever funds that the people donate will really go towards helping the disaster victims of Myanmar and China.