KUALA LUMPUR – DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang called on for full public support to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak-led national response to the country-wide flood disaster with flood victims already exceeding 160,000 in eight states.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is in Kelantan to lead the national flood response after cutting short his vacation in Hawaii.
â€œI call for full public support to the Prime Minister-led national response to the country-wide disaster with flood victims already exceeding 120,000 (160,000 to date) and at least eight deaths in seven states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Johore, Perlis and Kedah,â€ Kit Siang said in a statement yesterday.
â€œThe response to the worst flood disaster in the nationâ€™s history cannot be the governmentâ€™s responsibility alone, but must involve the effort of all Malaysians, but it must by spearheaded by the Federal Government and in view of the magnitude of the disaster, by none other than the Prime Minister himself so as to mobilise every available ounce of resources to render help to those in need in the quickest possible time,â€ he added.
Kit Siang said that the Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was right when he said in Kelantan that there are adequate food supplies as well as assets to send them to flood victims, but the challenge is still how to send the essentials to those who had been stranded â€“ like the heart-rending account of the approximately 100 victims taking shelter at a school in Kuala Krai who had been living without food, clean water, electricity or any aid for over 40 hours or those staying in outlying and inaccessible areas.