KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will visit Kelantan today to oversee the flood situation in the state as well as oversee the response to the floods in four other states.
Upon his arrival, Najib would chair a meeting and receive briefings from the National Security Council, the National Disaster Management and Relief Committee, the state government and local emergency responders.
Najib said he was deeply concerned by the floods, and felt for the people who had lost their homes, and the families who had lost loved ones.
“While I have been away, I have been in constant contact with the National Security Council and the National Disaster Management and Relief Committee, who have assured me that they are doing everything they can to help those who have been affected.
“But I want to see the situation for myself and be with the people,” said Najib, according to the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Meanwhile, the statement also quoted a government spokesperson as saying that the prime minister had decided to return from the United States to oversee the emergency response to the floods, and would land in Kelantan on Saturday.
The spokesperson said that during his time abroad, the prime minister received daily updates on the flood situation in Malaysia.
Najib had also spoke to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to instruct the National Disaster Management and Relief Committee to step up efforts to assist those affected by the floods, said the spokesperson, according to the statement.
“Following recent reports that the situation had continued to worsen, the Prime Minister felt it was necessary to return to personally oversee the response,” the spokesperson said.
During his visit to Kelantan, the prime minister would also meet the people affected by the floods and discuss new measures to support those who had been displaced, said the statement. – Bernama