Preparation must be made for disaster reduction, says corporate figure

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 – Future preparations for any crisis be it floods or other calamities should look at ways of reducing the level of disasters brought on by these events, says Datuk Dr M. Gandhi, Founder and Chairman of Bumiati Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Datuk Dr.M. Gandhi

Speaking at a panel discussion at the ongoing Kind Malaysia 2021 virtual exhibition (Sept7-9), Muthiah said disasters brought on by crisis such as the ongoing Covid-19 will certainly be there but governments, corporates, NGOs and individuals should start looking at ways to reduce the level of the inevitable and potential impacts such events will bring.

“Environmental disasters is one area. Scientists are already warning about potential crises worldwide related to climate change, so the better prepared we are, there can be a reduction in the disasters that follow,” he said during the panel discussion on “Corporate Roles During Crisis).

Apart from M. Gandhi, Azmi B Mahamood, Division Head, Administration, Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd, Kuan Chee Heng @ Uncle Kentang, and Dr. Angie Lee Hooi Chie, Co-Founder ShareAngel also shared their views at the forum on how corporates as well as NGOs and individuals can play a role in the mitigation of ill effects on people brought on by crisis like Covid-19. The discussion was moderated by Datuk Teo Yen Hua.

This year’s virtual Kind Malaysia exhibition, with the theme “Time to Be Kind” was launched on Tuesday by Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali.

A special keynote address was delivered by Global Peace Ambassador Prem Rawat of The Prem Rawat Foundation.

Kind Malaysia Advisory Board Representative Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin delivering his opening address at the KM virtual event.

In his opening address at the virtual event, Kind Malaysia Advisory Board Representative Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin spoke of the devastation that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on to the world and how only by coming together the pandemic can be fought well.

A panel discussion on “Humanity During Hard Times” followed the launch. The panel discussion moderated by Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai had TS Lee Lam Thye from Ecoworld Foundation, Harith Iskander, Founder of HOPE NGO and SAC Nik Ezanee from the Royal Malaysian Police (Selangor) as speakers.

The Kind Malaysia platform offers corporates, civil organisations and individuals to meet with the aim to share, inspire and recognise the need for businesses and civil society to work together and do more for the betterment of life. It is aimed at promoting the importance of kindness within corporate setups and help them in delivering various CSR initiatives.

The inaugural Kind Malaysia held in 2018 was a resounding success. The event showcased over 50 non-profit organizations and attended by hundreds of corporates.

Using technology and friendly user interface, this year’s platform is expected to connect kind-hearted people, like-minded individuals from non-profit organisations, responsible corporations, and small-to-medium size enterprises to network and engage at their convenience in a much conducive and safe environment.

A total of 40 exhibitors from 22 categories are participating at this year’s event. More than 2,000 guests have entered the virtual exhibition. To pay a visit to the exhibition virtually please visit