Malaysian scout movement sympathizes with Lombok quake victims

Malaysian scout movement sympathizes with Lombok quake victims

Earthquake victims in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province (NTB). ANTARA PHOTO/Ahmad Subaidi/kye/18

Kuala Lumpur (ANTARA News) - The Malaysian Scout Movement expressed its sympathy to the Lombok Island earthquake victims by offering them infrastructure assistance.

To this end, Chairman of the Malaysian Scout Movement Dr HJ. Shafie B. H.J. Mohd. Saleh met with Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Indonesian Embassy`s Scout Movement Prof. Dr Ari Purbayanto for talks over the offer here on Thursday.

During the meeting held at the Malaysian Scout Movement office here, Saleh and his Indonesian counterpart discussed the planned offer.

Saleh noted that the Malaysian Scout Movement had officially launched a charity movement for the Lombok quake victims.

Purbayanto welcomed the offer, saying that it will help strengthen the two countries` scout movements.

"The two scout movements have shared a good relationship, but the Pengakap`s (the Malaysian Scout Movement) plan to provide the Lombok quake victims with the infrastructure assistance will further strengthen the relationship," he noted.

Since a series of strong earthquakes had rocked the resort island of Lombok last August, the Indonesian community members, including students, in Kuala Lumpur launched a fund-raising campaign for assisting the victims.

"Through the parents` union at the Indonesian School in Kuala Lumpur (SIKL), the children are taught to sympathize with the quake victims by raising funds," noted Ari Purbayanto, also an education attach? at the Indonesian embassy here.

Chairman of the SIKL`s Parents Union Hardjito Warno stated that the Indonesian community members were united for raising funds for erecting several temporary shelters for the quake victims.

However, more than four thousand people on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province, including school-aged children, are still accommodated at temporary shelters.

Those displaced children could not as yet get back to normal schooling, as several of their schools were damaged and destroyed by the strong earthquakes. They have also become homeless, he noted.

A string of strong earthquakes rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok, including those on Aug 5 and Aug 19, 2018, that had caused serious fatalities and catastrophes in housing, infrastructure, social and economic impacts, government, and security sectors.

As a result, the provincial and district and city governments in West Nusa Tenggara Province suffered huge material losses.

The West Lombok Development Planning Agency, for instance, has calculated that these recent deadly earthquakes had caused the district to suffer material losses of Rp4.1 trillion.

A total of 57,614 houses, 108 houses of worship, 84 health service facilities, 294 school buildings, 26 government buildings, 294 shops, and seven bridges, were damaged by a string of earthquakes that hit Lombok Island in August.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency noted that the strong earthquakes, including the 7.0-magnitude quake that shook Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, on Aug 5, had killed at least 555 people and injured 829 others.

Reporting by Agus Setiawan
Editing by Rahmad Nasution