By: Aida Aziz
TANJUNG MALIM: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) mobilized a group of ResQ Team UPSI volunteers to help flood victims in Kota Tinggi and Segamat districts, Johor following continuous heavy rains over the past few days.
According to UPSI Vice Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Md Amin Md Taff, ResQ Team UPSI is always aware of the current needs, responsible and concerned for the community, especially areas affected by disasters.
“Through the expertise of available volunteers, ResQ Team UPSI was mobilized to help the process of rescuing victims affected by the disaster that occurred in the affected area even though the location is far from the campus in Perak.
“This is where we must organize efficient work movements and the actions taken by the ResQ Team volunteers.
“It not only educates and has high human values but also supports the mission and vision of the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) in fueling the spirit of KPT Prihatin,” he said after the flag-off session at the Showcase@UPSI Council on Thursday.
According to Md Amin, the ResQ Team also gave donations in the form of clothing, dry food and necessities which were channelled through the collection of the UPSI Prihatin fund as well as donations from the non-governmental organization My FundAction worth RM37,800.
Meanwhile, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and Alumni Affairs), Professor Dr Norkhalid Salimin hopes that this effort will give new hope to the victims of the disaster, and further support and encourage them in going through the ordeal.
The aid mission was led by the Director of the University Community Transformation Center (UCTC), Prof. Associate Dr Mohd Azlan Nafiah together with 14 volunteers with the strength of machinery consisting of three four-wheel drive vehicles and one lorry unit.