TASEK GELUGOR: The Federal Government is considering providing a larger amount of allocation to the DAP led Penang state government to handle the flood situation here.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced this during his visit to the flood-stricken state today, explaining that he has been informed of thirteen large and small scaled projects to be carried out by the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) involving a sum of RM1bil.
To date, he said, the Federal Government has already approved RM150mil and is ready to provide extra allocation based on what could be afforded by the country’s finances.
“I’ve also already ordered for a meeting between the Federal Government and State Government to be held as soon as possible to determine the flood mitigation projects that can take off so that the problem of floods will not see another repeat in the future,” he said during a press conference here today after visiting SM Agama Ar-Ridwan which is temporarily housing 200 flood victims.
With regard to financial aid, Najib said the Federal Government will assess the damages and losses incurred by the flood victims in Penang before deciding on the matter.
He said the government will also thoroughly assess the overall damage on public facilities and amenities before deciding on the amount of financial aid needed to be channelled.
Also present was the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Najib expressed deep concern for the victims that had to endure hardship and loss of property following Saturday’s floods in Penang, during his visit to the relief centres here.
On post-flood rescue works, Najib said besides having mobilised all uniformed bodies down to the grounds, he has also asked all Government-linked Companies (GLCs) and Non-governmental Organisations (NGO) for assistance.
Among them, he said, are GLCs such as Khazanah Nasional Berhad; Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Pharmaniaga Bhd while NGOs such as Persatuan Bantuan Perubatan (Mercy) Malaysia; Kelab Putera 1Malaysia and 1M4U and various other local NGOs.
“This centralised operation is a fine example of good cooperation among all quarters in coming together to help the flood victims.
“This is also in line with our priority in ensuring the welfare and safety of Penangites is well taken care of, just like during the floods in Kelantan,” said Najib.
Earlier, Najib visited the Central Seberang Prai district office before being briefed by the Penang State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus on the flood situation and developments in Penang after he touched down at about 9.45am.
Najib and Rosmah spent some time talking to the victims.
The floods also claimed seven lives, two of whom were senior citizens living in an old folks home.
The Prime Minister also visited Kampung Tanjung Putus in Permatang Pauh which is also badly hit by the floods.
Continuous heavy downpour which started at noon on Saturday has crippled Penang as several areas in the state has been submerged in chest high flood waters.
Many roads have been closed after trees were uprooted, with some areas still closed to traffic as clearing works take place following landslides. – MO