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Victims Getting Better Food
Sikh group brings food to 2,400 Nargis-hit people
June 6, 2008


Food that many victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar received in aid may be the best they have ever had.

This is one message Harbinder Singh, project coordinator of United Sikhs Myanmar Disaster Relief in Malaysia, wanted to convey to Malaysians as he thanked them their donations.

The victims said the rice they received is better than the rice they normally consume, he said.

The organisation has been distributing rations to the victims through 70 local volunteers.

A meal at last: Child survivors of Cyclone Narqis in Myanmar eating the 'pulao' prepared by the United Sikhs volunteers.

The locals have been doing a lot for their own people by distributing the rations,” said Harbinder Singh, explaining that foreigners were not allowed into the delta area. >We still hear of people who have not eaten in a few days. There are people who lost everything except the clothes on their backs, he added.

Medicines and shelter were still in dire need, said Harbinder Singh, but the victims were grateful for the aid they have received.

A large shipment of dry foodstuff and water has been sent to Yangon to be distributed to displaced people in the Irrawaddy Delta with the co-operation of local non-governmental organisations.

The United Sikhs has also undertaken a community kitchen programme with 2,400 people receiving prepared pulao (a cooked meal of rice, vegetables and lentils) daily. Harbinder Singh and United Sikhs operations director Sunil Singh were in Myanmar for six days to tour affected areas in the districts of Myaungmya and Labutta.

Meanwhile, Public Mutual Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Public Bank Bhd, contributed RM300,000 to earthquake victims in Sichuan Province.

The contribution will go towards efforts of rebuilding the life of those affected by the devastating May 12 disaster. The donation was presented by the founder and chairman of Public Bank and chairman of Public Mutual, Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow to Mercy Malaysia at Menara Public Bank in Kuala Lumpur.

We are very sad that the tragedy left many victims in the aftermath. Our hearts go out to all who have lost their loved ones and possessions,said Teh.

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