Dr Wan Rizal: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether there are efforts by the Government to extend any type of support to help Malaysians affected by the current floods in Malaysia.
In December 2021 and early-January 2022, Malaysia experienced flooding in Kuala Lumpur and nine other states. The floods in Malaysia have resulted in the loss of many lives and widespread destruction of property, causing hardship and suffering to the affected communities.
2 Singapore stands in solidarity with Malaysia during this difficult time. I had written to my counterpart, Dato’ Sri Saifuddin Abdullah, in December 2021 to express condolences and offer Singapore’s assistance. On 22 December 2021, the Singapore Government also contributed US$60,000 as seed money to support the Singapore Red Cross’ public fundraising to aid disaster relief and recovery efforts in Malaysia as well as the Philippines, which had been affected by Typhoon Rai. The Singapore Government’s contribution supplemented the Singapore Red Cross’ pledge of US$50,000 to the Malaysian Red Crescent, which went towards emergency healthcare and the distribution of relief supplies to evacuation centres. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has also placed a disaster relief team on standby for deployment, should there be requests for support from our ASEAN counterparts through ASEAN frameworks. We stand ready to provide any further assistance that we can render should Malaysia require it.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
12 JANUARY 2022