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Keeping Tabs On Kelantan's Post-flood Relief

Sinar Project has been trying to track where the promised funds for the recent devastating East Coast floods that have been allocated towards relief and rebuilding efforts. Unfortunately, public data is hard to come by. Media reports have also dried up. So, we are planning to do a ground up approach by collecting data on the ground, and documenting rebuilding efforts, interviews and more to uncover real stories/pictures of post flood in the East Coast. Together with the Sinar Team, this is our first effort at crowd funding a project.

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IT HAS been more than six months since Kelantan and other parts of the east coast got hit by one of the worst floods in the country. While public attention and the media spotlight have shifted to other issues, non-profit organisation Sinar Project is intent on scrutinising the rebuilding efforts in Kelantan. This social audit project recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise US$4,500 (RM16,800), which it needs to proceed. The project is ambitious and challenging because information and updates on the relief efforts are lacking. Sinar Project’s initiative, called the Social Audit Malaysian East Coast Flood Funds, hopes to bring about greater transparency and accountability in government allocations for the rebuilding efforts. It is an off-shoot of Sinar Project’s key mission, which is to advocate transparency and accountability, especially at the parliamentary level.

“You have all these promises and figures, but you have no way of tracking them. They are not on any website and there’s no update or breakdown in figures on how the money is being spent,” says Hazwany.

This article first appeared in #edGY, a section of The Edge Malaysia, on June 29 - July 5, 2015.

Source: edGY.my

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