Wednesday, March 5, 2008


CM assures flood victims of assistance


They may be busy with the election campaign but the BN Government will not forget and do nothing about the people affected by floods and landslide, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman. Musa said even though the Election Commission regulation states that a candidate is not allowed to give out any financial or material assistance during their campaign, it does not mean that the people affected by natural disasters would be left without help. “Though we are busy with the election, we will still continue to help those who need our help. The BN Government is always concerned about the welfare and interest of the people and will provide help whenever needed. This is our way,” said Musa when met after officiating at the opening of SMK Taman Tun Fuad Stephen in jalan Bundusan yesterday. In addition, he said the State Natural Disaster Relief Committee chaired by the State Secretary is on hand to provide help and assistance to the people, he said. According to the Chief Minister, he had directed the committee chairman Datuk Sukarti Wakiman to inform district officers in all flood and landslide-prone areas in the State to check and mobilize natural disaster operation rooms in their respective districts. He said this is to ensure that immediate assistance can be dispatched whenever needed. “Certainly, the government, through the State Secretary committee and government officers will provide assistance,” he said. He noted that Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim who attended the ceremony with him rushed to areas affected by flash floods in Kota Kinabalu to see what the City Hall can do to help the people affected. Several areas around Kota Kinabalu were hit by flash floods following a heavy thunderstorm late yesterday afternoon. Among those areas were Kibabaig, Minitod, and Bundusan in Penampang. Several roads including the stretch near University Malaysia Sabah in Likas and near Industrial Training Institue in Sepanggar were also flooded.