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Car wash, motorcycle repair shop offer free help for flood victims

While they can't give much in terms of money, they are happy to offer their services to those whose vehicles have been affected by the floods.

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The recent floods which left tens of thousands displaced in a number of states including Selangor have been met with an outpouring of support from the public, with local businesses around the Klang Valley sending donations to affected areas and providing their services for free.

Among them is Emily Motorworks, whose owner Afzan has been busy repairing free of charge motorcycles that were caught in the floods.

“Those whose motorcycles were flooded can send them to our workshop,” he told MalaysiaNow. “We give our services for free.

“We can even pick up the motorcycles without any additional charges.”

Emily Motorworks has two branches, one in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, and the other in Sungai Chua, Kajang. Together, they cover flood affected areas in Shah Alam, Klang, Hulu Langat and Kuala Lumpur.

As of yesterday, they had received and picked up nearly 40 motorcycles that were stranded by the floods.

Afzan said he began fixing motorcycles for free on Tuesday, but that work began gaining pace on Wednesday, once the water levels began to go down.

He said he knows all too well what it’s like to live in hardship.

“I have been in hard situations before, all of my staff have. That’s why we decided to give our services for free and to help as many people as we can.”

Azim, who owns a car cleaning service called Aesthetic Detailer, is based in Bukit Jelutong. He, too, is providing his services free of charge to those in need.

“If the car is flooded below the seat level, we give our cleaning services for free,” he said to MalaysiaNow.

“We also offer car washes, engine cleaning and dashboard cleaning services.”

Cars that have been totally submerged require a RM100 cleaning fee, “but other services are free,” he added.

Azim had been running his shop for less than a month before the massive floods hit in the state.

“We actually planned to have an opening of the shop around this time,” he said.

“But then came the flood, so I told my staff we should slow down the business for a while and help the flood victims as much as we can instead.

“We can’t help by giving money, but we can offer our services,” he added.

Azim and his two staff members have been working hard since Monday. Their goal is to clean 25 cars this week, more if possible.

“I didn’t come from a rich family, so I understand that not many people can afford to spend hundreds just to clean a car.

“We can’t do much, but we hope we can help ease their burdens,” he said.

Azim can be contacted at 014-223 6045 while Afzan can be reached at 018-363 0946.

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