2 villages in Muar cut off from the rest of the world. Where’s the govt people?

 Guang Ming Daily reports today that two villages in Muar were cut off from the rest of the world without food and water. There’s no sign of any goverment rescue teams fro more than 24 hours. Their only assistance and help came from the Buddist society Fo Guang Shan. They chartered two helicopters from the private sector to send water and food to the two villages.

According to another report by Oriental Daily, their work were dsirupted by some local thugs and hooligans who accused them for being selective in distribution of water and food. Some of them even threatened to snatch the supply from the Fo Guang Shan volunteers.

Earlier, half the food supply (some 50 cases of dry food) from donors to the two villages were stolen by thieves.

What has happened to Malaysia after 50 years of long rule under the Umno-led BN government?

Guang Ming’s story…

災黎逾24小時沒有進食
麻坡2新村與外界失聯絡

updated:2006-12-24 21:00:12 MYT

■佛光山義工們正搬運救濟品上直升機,準備載往交通中斷的武吉哈逢新村。(放大)
■武吉哈逢與岭嘉這兩個地區的水淹至10呎。(放大)

(麻坡訊)由於昔加末的河水一直往下流,以致麻坡成了嚴重災區,其中武吉哈逢及岭嘉這兩個新村已變成“孤島”般,無法與外界接觸。馬來西亞佛光山總住持慧顯法師於週六晚帶領50位佛光人驅車前往災區時,接獲消息指當地水位已達危險水平,大卡車、船只不敢駕入,唯一的方法就是通過直升機發放食物。

據知,當地災黎已超過24小時沒有進食,生活陷入水深火熱之中,但又無人敢進入災區,要拯救當地災民,的確困難重重。
救援物無法運送

在經過商討後,終捎來好消息,佛光山終於向一位異族同胞租到兩輛直升機給佛光山運輸糧食進入災區,不過,由於天色已昏暗,慧顯法師決定延遲到週日早上,等待一切安排就緒後,就把救濟品載入災區。

週日早上9時40分,佛光山分租下的兩輛直升機,分批運了一萬個麵包、1000瓶礦泉水、600桶餅乾、米粉、蛋糕、衣服、藥品,手電筒、蚊香及睡袋等進入災區。

武吉哈逢新村的村長林清河(62歲)受詢時披露,該村的村民面對斷水斷糧的困境之餘,還被人偷取了由親友捐贈給他們的干糧。

他指出,當住在外地的親友知道新村斷糧時,曾籌措了100箱乾糧給他們,可是,當他們借到船隻把准備把食物運進村時,卻只剩下50箱,令他感到非常難過。

他表明,該村共有2000多戶華裔住家,50箱的乾糧根本不夠,因此,當週日早上他們見到佛光山的師父與佛光人到來分發食物給他們,令他們猶如見到菩薩來拯救他們般。

美樂村的村長陳清河(60歲)指出,新村內常發生水災,可是,這次卻來得非常突然,令他們措手不及,於上週五水淹到4呎高,隔天就到6呎,到週日已是10呎高,因此,村民都遷到武吉哈逢避難。

佛光山租借的直升機從早上至中午已運載了12趟救濟品進入。

此外,八打靈佛光文教中心於週六晚以兩部超大型的卡車運送大量賑災品漏夜送往麻玻。 (光明日報‧2006/12/24)

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