Flood death toll rose to 8 on Friday…

 Segamat under water.

I have just received an sms from from someone who went to Segamat this evening and left around 10pm…”No rain but water levels rising @Taman Yayasan, Batu Anam, UiTM, Jementah,at least 5 feet. We help ferry En Latif a 3-star Bomba officer. And a nice cop En Saiful also help us. But things r bad in Segamat town. Real bad! Govt ppl only help Malays, say Chinese r rich.” So sad and sickening if this was true.

Another reader of Merdekareview wrote that ” the govt ppl were really sleeping or what? Many Segamat ppl spent their night on top of the roofs almost for a day before the rescue team finally came around!Why were the govt ppl acted so slow? What’s wrong with them?”

The President of Johor Chinese Chamber of Commerce Datuk Lim Ba told Oriental Daily that he personally witnessed rescue boats ignored victims who have climbed up to the rooftops. He himself was stucked in the flood for 18 hours before he was transfered to ahigher ground. He said many had lost confidence with the government.

In Segamat, an old lady lost her consciousness in the flood and passed away 26 hour later simply because no rescue team show up despite of repeated calls from the victim’s family.

Earlier, many people called up DAP MPs to complain that some of the rescue team members asked for money (some RM150 to RM300) before they could lend a helping hand!

In Kg Moden,Melaka,about 400 villagers were starnded with no food and water for 46 hours because the penghulu (village head) who holds the key to the supply has left with his entire family just before the flood hit the village. You may want to ask, “what kind of penghulu we have under the Umno-led government?”

Looks like fifty years of ruling under the morally-bankrupt Umno-led government has reduced many Malaysians into morally-bankrupt creatures!

A government in need is a government in deed. This is a real test for the Umno-led government, both at the Federal and State levels. Eight lives have been taken away unnecessary. This massive flood has clearly exposed the weakness of the Johor and Federal Governments. The entire resue works conducted by the goverment has failed miserably. We hope MB Abdul Ghani and his people have woke up from the slumber by now.

The people in Johor must really ask themselves this time whether they should continue to give their undivided support to such an inefficient goverment.

Read this commentary from The China Press. The article is asking “what more can the government do to help?” “The government has done too little and too late ” was the sentiment.

緊急評論
政府還能做甚麼?

水災災區不斷擴大,災民不斷增加,越來越多救濟中心爆滿,接下來會怎樣?

3天豪雨將柔州多區淹成澤國,百年未遇上的暴雨,無情的橫掃至馬六甲和森美蘭,科學、工藝與革新部長拿督買馬魯丁還說,季候風雨會從南往北至彭亨、馬六甲、森美蘭和雪州南部,尤其是巴生谷。

部長叫大做好準備,觸目驚心的災情,誰看了不會有心理準備,水災分分鐘會“殺”到眼前來?但我們要問的是,政府是否做好了準備?

“柔州水災擴大成南馬水災后,會不會擴大成中南馬水災?”這是個可怕的問題,隨著買馬魯丁的警告,似乎極可能會發生,但即使如此,我們又能怎樣?

不是每個人都住在雙層房子,不是每戶人家都有大型交通工具或船隻,不是每個家庭都是年少力壯的成員…不是所有人都會如此幸運,可以“等”到救星出現。

眼前,我們已看到4個人直接或間接死于這場大水災,這是大家的無奈,無關準不準備。

資源不夠幫不了

這幾天下來,災黎心中堆滿了怨氣,等了10多個小時還沒見拯救隊,撥了數十通求救電話都無人接聽,有人接聽時卻得到“資源不夠,幫不了你們”的答案,送到救濟中心卻無糧。

在最緊急的時刻碰上這樣的局面,絕對不是災民倒楣,而是因為政府的救災資源不足,救災機制殘缺。

未成災民的人,看著電視畫面和報章報導,卻滿肚子的悶氣,腦子擠滿的盡是“為什么”。為什么災情繼續惡化的時候,還沒看到足夠的救援?為什么地方的水災行動中心,在最關鍵的時刻卻做不了什么?為什么水災已經進入第3天,還有人呼吁組織的成員,隨時做好準備加入救災,而不是已經奮身到災區?

出動80舢舨救人

想到這裡,已經氣到快要爆了,部長還在叫大家“做好準備”,敢問部長,我們的救災單位做好了多少準備?

我們的確看到軍警出動支援,副首相拿督斯里納吉告訴我們,柔州軍方出動80艘舢舨救人,但大多成功脫困的災民,卻是由那些自己也是災民,但願冒著風雨和生命風險,折返災區的無名熱心英雄所救。

我們也看到一些政黨發動救災, 但在災區派送食和必須品的,卻是非政府組織、宗教團體,甚至是媒體本身。

我們更看到聲稱去災區伸援的人民代議士,乘船在災區巡視,但船上擠滿了人,容不下急需脫困的災民。還有更多高官乘直升機去巡視重災區,但卻沒有人發號司命,主導救災行動。

納吉告訴我們,全柔277個救災中心操作良好,共安頓了5萬名災黎,來自1萬個家庭。問題是越來越多救災中心爆滿,災區卻不斷增加,到時人滿為患時,又該如何?

部長一再叫大家提高警惕,但警惕之后,當災情擴散到眼前時又該如何?

政府是否了解,我們不止想知道多少人在這場天災中受影響、多少戶被洪水摧毀、災區擴大到那裡、降雨量有多少、季候風以多少時速從南往北移…

我們還想知道,到政府做了什么?政府在做什么?政府準備做什么?還有,政府還能做什么?

One Response to “Flood death toll rose to 8 on Friday…”

  1. sampalee Says:

    Take this as a devine wake-up call to expose the evil behind all the umno charade.

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