TANAH MERAH, Oct 9 -- Kelab Kebajikan Cakna Kelantan (KKCK) is a multi-racial non-governmental organisation (NGO) and hence puts importance on unity in doing charity work for the people of the state.
Its chairman Pui Tiong Lam said the NGO, which was registered in 2015 and currently has more than 6,000 members, will extend its charity work to people of all races and religions.
He said the club used funding from public donations to help those in need, including the poor, chronic patients and the disabled.
“Most of the members are ordinary people and we all communicate in Kelantan dialect, which helps to enhance the friendliness among the members. Language is not a problem because we are all very close and hail from nearby villages and towns, such as Tumpat and Pasir Mas.
“We speak in Kelantan dialect as most of our members are Malay, Chinese from villages and Siamese. This dialect enables us to sit together in performing charity works,” he told reporters after presenting aid to seven orphaned siblings in Kampung Manal 3 here yesterday.
On the aid for the orphans, Pui said the seven siblings, aged between four and 16 years old, were dependent on their mother Rohayati Roni, but the single mother died three days ago of heart complications.
“In fact, this family is among the 80 families which receive monthly food supply assistance from KKCK.
“Upon receiving this sad news, we immediately made an urgent call to assist them. We will make an effort so that all the children, who are now under the care of their grandmother, Noraida Deraman, 65, could receive assistance from the Department of Social Welfare (JKM),” he said.
Pui urged other quarters to extend help to the family.
Meanwhile, Noraida said her family was grateful for the swift action taken by KKCK upon receiving the news of her daughter's death.
She said without the help and support from KCKK, her family will have to face a lot of hardships, especially when five of her grandchildren are still in school.
“Previously, this family was dependent on their uncle who lived nearby. Even I actually lived in Kampung Kelewek but after this, I need to move here to care for my seven grandchildren.
“There were people who asked to adopt some of them, but as long as I am alive, I don’t want them to be separated,” she said. She said the children’s father is still alive but rarely visits as he has a new family after the divorce.
Noraida said the main issue now is the very poor condition of their house. The house is too cramped for the seven siblings and was erected on reserve land which is too close to the river and can endanger them.
She hopes some generous people can help provide a safer home for the family.