malaysia flood developer help

7 developers who came to aid flood victims in Malaysia

By: Fahri Ahmed
13th Jan 2022
Property News

In 2022, Malaysia witnessed the worst flood in decades. Though Pahang took the largest hit, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and most of the other states are also affected in various levels. As of 21 December 2022, 50,000 people were evacuated from their homes, with 14 succumbing to death. Many people lost their homes and livelihood. As such, the entire Malaysia came in rescue for those who are affected and some notable names include property developers in our country.

Here is a list of 7 property developers who came to aid the flood victims in this trying time.

  1. Boustead Properties Bhd

    Boustead Properties Bhd is a member of Boustead Group. They collaborated with their subsidiary, Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd to ease the plight of the flood victims of Johor. Together, they paid RM20,000 to Johor residents via Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS). Dato’ Rashidi Md Nor, The Deputy Chairman of the National Community Services and Health, MRCS in Johor, received the contribution as per a report by Business Today. They intend to use it to purchase food and other necessary supplements for the flood victims.

  2. Sime Darby

    Similar to the above developers, Sime Darby Property also came forward to help the flood victims. According to The Star, they collaborated through their philanthropic arm, Yayasan Sime Darby to help those in need.

    • They supported 2,500 people in Bandar Bukit Raja Township communities in Shah Alam and Serenia City in Sepang.

    • 1,000 food packets and necessary items such as blankets, towels and drinking water were donated to Masjid Bandar Bukit Raja to help the residents of the area.

    • At 3 relief centres of Putra Heights Township, daily essentials such as dried food, diapers, soap and drinking water were provided to hundreds of families.

    • The developer also deployed employees to clean the houses at Bandar Bukit Raja as well as engaged contractors to clean the roads in Jalan Meru, Klang.

  3. S P Setia

    S P Setia joined the others in their attempt to help the flood victims by sending a relief team to various affected areas.

    A report by The Star says the team helped the orang asli residents who were evacuated from their homes in Kota Warisan, Sepang to move to nearby shelters. They also donated food, and personal care items such as sanitary pads, diapers and other necessities to them.

    The relief teams further helped by clearing the roads and drains in Setia Alam and helping Taman Sri Nanding’s residents to clean their homes. And they reached Setia Alam Township and Kampung Batu 5 in Bangi Selangor with food.

    Simultaneously, they packed hot meals for victims who took shelter at Masjid Alam Impian in Shah Alam. To add to that, they collaborated with the Shah Alam City Council to provide safety vests, blankets, food, drinks, hand sanitisers and face masks to the affected areas.

  4. Sunway Group

    Sunway Group is the parent company of Sunway Property. Having a large wing of businesses under them, they promptly helped the flood victims in Klang Valley with multiple resources. As reported by The Star, they aid the flood victims as follows:

    • Sunway Medical Centre created open access for medical related enquiries via their telemedicine command centre.

    • Sunway Pharma distributed standard testing kits and face masks.

    • Meals and food packets were arranged by Sunway Pyramid mall, Sunway Lagoon and Sunway Putra Hotel KL. The mall also activated their food bank.

    • Sunway Lagoon also aided the affected with bath towels, T-shirts and umbrellas. They also sent their first aid team to the crisis locations to assist the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).

    • Sunway University on the other hand invited staff, students and their families to The Waterfront Residence, whose homes were affected by the flood.

    In Ipoh, Sunway LWOT and Sunway City Ipoh Property offered food and cleaning tools to flood victims in Changkat Jong in Teluk Intan. They also sent volunteers to the area to help people clean their houses.

    Sunway Group also provided RTK test kits to flooded areas. They dispatched healthcare personnel and manpower to Subang City Council flood relief centres. Apart from that, they joined forces with the Selangor Youth Community (SAY) and the MRCS to extend their food relief efforts.

  5. Tropicana Group

    Tropicana Group is the parent company of the property developer, Tropicana Corporation Bhd. They contributed to 4 Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and 4 children’s homes to aid the affected in Pahang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur via their donation drive, Buggy of Joy.

    Jared Ethan Ang, the group executive director, expressed in a statement with New Straits Times (NST) that their humble contribution is an attempt to boost the morale of the victims and put a smile on the children’s face.

    The 4 NGOs, Yayasan Setia Negara, Pusat Khidmat Rakyat Penyelaras Ampang 3, and Bentong Relief Squad, received various types of aids including blankets, pillows, towels, dry food packs and bottled mineral water.

    As for the 4 Children’s Homes, which are Lighthouse Children Welfare Home Association, Pusat Jagaan Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Trinity, Rumah Charis and Yayasan Sunbeams Home, they received toys, books and assorted book packages from Tropicana Group.

  6. UDA Holdings Berhad (UDA)

    UDA Holdings Berhad (UDA) is a property developer, asset and facility development company. They also act as an agency under the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives. The company saw the plight of the flood victims in Klang and donated RM 50,000 to aid their needs by supplementing them with food and basic necessities in several affected areas. According to Bernama report,

    1. 1,000 food packets were distributed to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Serai. They consisted of rice and side dishes prepared by AnCasa Hotels and Resorts.

    2. Additionally, they provided 600 food baskets of dried food to multiple relief centres in Seremban/Dengkil, Shah Alam, Gombak and Kuala Langat. The packets included instant noodles, rice, eggs, bread, and kaya spread, to name a few.

    3. Other than that, UDA’s subsidiary, UDA Dayaurus Sdn Bhd also came forward to help people with their manpower service. A team of 10 staff were assigned to clean the flooded houses in Kuala Langat area.

  7. Desa Aman Avenue Sdn Bhd and Desa Aman Hill Residence Sdn Bhd

Recently, Yahoo News reported that Desa Aman Avenue Sdn Bhd and Desa Aman Hill Residence Sdn Bhd collaborated to upgrade the living standards of Rajawali flats and Desa Aman Flats, which were severely affected by the flood.

The developer’s initiative to redevelop the units will provide them a bigger, more spacious home to live in. They will also be given strata titles for their property which will solve their decade long title issue and be invaluable if they wish to sell it.

Desa Aman Avenue Sdn Bhd will redevelop 3 blocks of Taman Desa Aman flats comprising 300 to 1,449 units. On the other hand, Desa Hill Residence Sdn Bhd will redevelop 1 block of Rajawali Flats comprising 80 units and 693 condominium units, which will help 1,520 families.

The existing owners of these units will receive one new condominium unit via “Key-to-key Home Swap Redevelopment Concept.” They will only be asked to move to their new home when the houses are fully completed and ready to move in.

The flood was an unexpected crisis Malaysia did not foresee. As such, the aid by these developers is a welcome gesture to the entire Malaysian community. Of course, we could not list all developers and organisations who contributed in relief and aid to the flood victims.

But we highlighted these few to show how some developers are stepping up to fulfil their duties towards the communities. They are helping people in various capacities ranging from food, daily necessities, shelters as well cleaning and repair works. If you have any interesting news or stories you would like to share with us, do reach out to us!

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