Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has spoken out for 6 Muda volunteers who were being probed by the police for sending food to flood victims without going through the official channel.
In a Facebook live stream, Muar MP Syed Saddiq explained that the Muda volunteers only helped the flood victims as they personally requested help from the Segamat district temporary flood relief centre.
“Our volunteers went there not to exacerbate the situation, but to provide aid for the flood victims.”
“There were even some news reports claiming that some of the victims in the relief centres and flood area did not get food and other necessary items on time,” he said.
“We are just doing our best to help the people. For the flood victims even one or two days or a few hours will make much difference,” he added.
He also said the police had called up 5 volunteers on Friday (7 January) while one was called in to give a statement yesterday (8 January).
Meanwhile, he said the volunteers had provided 200 beds, 200 pillows and food boxes to the relief centre in Segamat.
Syed Saddiq also urged the police and authorities to be flexible with the volunteers who are trying to help flood victims.
“Please don’t treat volunteers like criminals just because they provide help directly to the victims.”
“I hope the police will show empathy and compassion towards the volunteers. The volunteers are working day and night without hoping anything in return,” he said.
Following this, Syed Saddiq said he will take full responsibility and follow the standard operating procedures set by the authorities when providing aid for the flood victims in the future.
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