MERCY Malaysia and UMW Toyota Jointly Organises
Outreach Clinic Mission to Long Luar and Long Singu from 11-13 December 2010

MIRI: The Sarawak Chapter of MERCY Malaysia will be organising an outreach clinic mission to Long Luar and Long Singu from 11-13 December 2010.  Long Luar longhouses and Long Kajang homes were razed in a fire in June and July 2010 respectively, and left more than 300 people homeless. Long Kajang which is the farthest (11 hours from Sungei Asap) will have to rescheduled to next year’s programme due to logistics’ constraint.

According to Sarawak Chapter Acting Head, Ms Jennie Soh, several programmes have been planned for the Penan community and fire victims of Long Luar and Long Singu in the upcoming mission including general health screening, dental care, eye care, pap smear test, as well as hygiene and health promotion activities, and fire risk reduction activities.

She said that the team will arrive in Long Luar and Long Singu a day early in order to set up the outreach clinic on the morning of 12 December 2010 (Sunday) that will cater to the needs of the effected people there.

About 40 people will be taking part in the mission, including four medical doctors, two dieticians  from Sibu and Miri General Hospital and two dentists from the Kuching General Hospital. Apart from that , there will be three main teams, namely the eye care team, the pap smear team and the fire risk reduction team.

In the same mission, a Rotary Club member, Rovena Plique, from Singapore, will be conducting an assessment on the possibility of rebuilding the longhouses destroyed by the fire. Currently, some of the fire survivors are staying within the Long Singu area, some are squatting within the vicinity of Long Luar, while the rest are staying with their friends and families around that area.

In August and September 2010, the Sarawak Chapter of MERCY Malaysia responded to their call for help by providing humanitarian aids to the two communities, and delivering hygiene packs, as well as rice and canned food donated by Coral Alliance Sdn Bhd and staff of CIMB , Miri branch, Sarawak.

Background on Long Luar and Long Singu

On 13 July 2010, a fire razed Long Luar, a 54-door longhouse that accommodates about 195 people. Most of the survivors are currently squatting at Long Singu, a 80-door longhouse and home to 226 people. The longhouses are deprived of electricity and school, and the communities get their water supply from nearby rivers that are yellow in colour.

Getting to Long Singu is no easy task as the team needs to travel by tarred road for four to five hours from Miri to Sungei Asap, followed by another four hours on timber logging road from Sungai Asap to Long Singu. For this mission, the team will be staying at the Samling’s Camp, the nearest accommodation to Long Luar and Long Singu, and about one to two hours’ drive to the longhouses.

On a separate note, the effected communities in Long Luar and Long Singu are seeking food item donations from members of the public, namely rice, biscuits, instant noodles, canned food and drinks. For those who wish to contribute in cash or in kind, kindly contact Ms Jennie Soh at +6016-888 3679 or email jsohyankhoon@gmail.com, or Ms Elizabeth Wee at +6085 663 000 / +6012 893 3262 or emailelizabethwee@mercy.org.my. Members of the public can also send their cash or food item donations to the MERCY Malaysia – Sarawak Chapter office at No 54, Piasau Garden in Miri.

Concerned individuals and organisations can donate to MERCY Malaysia General Humanitarian Fund through the following bank accounts:

MAYBANK (account name: MERCY HUMANITARIAN FUND, account number : 5621-7950-4126, ABA Swift Code: MBBEMYKLA), or
CIMB Bank (account name: MERCY Malaysia, account number: 1424-000-6561053, ABA Swift Code: CIBBMYKL).

Donations via cheque are payable to MERCY MALAYSIA.

To donate online, please visit www.mercy.org.my.

Penan Longhouse at Singu

Some of the fire victims staying at Long Sigur Penan Settlement

Volunteers and Penan at the fire site