KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat erupted into chaos today after opposition MPs hit out at the government for its lack of preparedness and delay in providing aid to flood victims.
Much of the country was battered by heavy rainfall over the weekend, which saw thousands evacuated from their homes, with the Klang Valley, Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan the worst hit.
Lim Guan Eng (PH-Bagan) raised the issue of the massive flooding and asked what measures the government would take as deaths have now been reported.
“This has affected thousands of victims. The relevant ministers should state the efforts being taken and what is in store for them (the victims).
“Some have taken refuge on their roofs, and this is happening in the Klang Valley, the most developed area in Malaysia.”
Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) said he had visited Ampang where drains appeared to be clogged.
Similarly, Mohamad Sabu (PH-Kota Raja) said his constituency was badly affected too, adding that there had been a lack of boats to rescue the stranded victims.
” I don’t know what the prime minister (Ismail Sabri Yaakob) is doing. Even on the second day, there was no help,” he lamented.
Azizah Mohd Dun (Bersatu-Beaufort) interjected, stating that the prime minister had announced RM100 million in aid to repair homes damaged by the floods.
He also announced aid of RM1,000 for each affected household, she said.
But some MPs insisted that the relevant ministers must explain the measures being taken to alleviate the suffering of the victims.
When their voices became too loud, Speaker Azhar Harun switched off their microphones,
RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) said the MPs needed to discuss the matter as it involved the people, and Hanipa Maidin (PH-Sepang) chipped in: “People are dying. It involves the rakyat.”
When the shouting continued, Azhar called for order. “Enough, sit down,” he told the MPs.
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