The whereabout of AAB when Johor was first hit by flood water

Yes, we have pictures to show that he was enjoying “a meal fit for the princess” in Perth. According to Asia Times, he was there to launch a restaurant owned by his brother.

He is now in the country when Johor was hit again by massive flood. More than 100,000 victims were evacuated by now. What has he done for the victims? Not very much different from the first time. He and his cabinet ministers’ performance is nothing but pathetic.

But what do you expect when you have a prime minister like AAB and a govt like the Umno-led Barisan Nasional?

Malaysiakini has the story…

水灾时出国为胞弟餐厅剪彩
大马读者不满“踢爆”阿都拉

07年1月10日 下午5:39 调整字体大小:
正当南马大水灾来袭,数万灾民处于痛失家园之时,身为一国之首的首相阿都拉,不仅没有留在国内与灾民休戚与共,却仍前往风光明媚的澳洲柏斯,为其胞弟所开设的一家穆斯林餐馆进行开幕剪彩。根据柏斯的一家免费社区周报《亚洲时报》(Asia Times)在今年1月5日的报道,阿都拉是在去年12月29日为当地的一家穆斯林餐馆“公主扁担饭”(Puteri Nasi Kandar)进行开幕。该篇题为“给公主选用的佳肴”的报道(A meal fit for a princess)也刊登数张照片,显示阿都拉为餐馆开幕后,正在品尝美食。

大马读者无法接受报道内容

一名该报的大马籍读者告诉《当今大马》,“当时正值柔佛遭大水灾的蹂躏,以致17人死亡,因此我无法接受这篇报道的内容”。

根据报道,这家餐馆由阿都拉的胞弟依布拉欣与一名大马商人林伟金(译音,Lim Ewe Jin)联合开设。林氏也是本地Lejadi集团的创办人,提供水供管理与私营化服务。他也是大马独立发电站Powertek有限公司的其中一名创办人。

在这场席卷全国5州的大水灾中,共有17名罹难者,超过9万名居民也被迫抛下自身家园,迁移至临时的救灾中心。

回国视察不到24小时即出国度假

在水灾发生后,阿都拉于去年12月23日从委内瑞拉的官方访问回国视察灾区,但是逗留不及24小时,便在同一天飞往澳洲展开一周的度假。

媒体昨日报道,首相阿都拉为自己于水灾期间没有留在国内监督灾情,反而继续到国外度假的举动极力辩护。他声称自己在度假期间一直关注国内灾情,并监督国内水灾机制的运作。

《南洋商报》引述阿都拉的谈话,“没有问题,在水灾期间,副首相拿督斯里纳吉也已执行任务,我也同样一直在远处监督水灾情况,况且现在我已回来了”。

阿都拉是在水灾期间,从度假途中回国视察灾情,但是在极短时间内,又继续出国度假。

不过,他的这番谈话只获得华文报章的报道。

长期执政国阵领袖不解民困

副首相纳吉则从本月5日开始放假,以处理子女报读学校的事务。

据报道,身为天灾管理及援助委员会主席的纳吉表示,尽管身处国外度假,他仍然一直严密监视马来西亚半岛6个州属已发生或预料将发生水灾的问题,并指示国家安全局每天提呈水灾报告予他。

政治观察员认为,国阵领袖漠不关心的态度,反映了执政50年的国阵政治价值观日趋精英化,将选民的付托视为理所当然。

柔佛州的在野党领袖则指出,国阵垄断该州政权,在缺乏在野党监督制衡的情况下只手遮天,包庇其利益集团任意发展屋业与破坏生态环境,是导致水灾恶化的罪魁祸首。

行动党柔州主席巫程豪,日前也疾呼首相阿都拉革除在大水灾的非常时期,仍出国度假的的8名部长、国会议员、州议员和地方议会议员。

这8名来自柔佛州的联邦部长包括农业部长慕尤丁,外交部长赛哈密,教育部长希山慕丁,卫生部长蔡细历,青年及体育部长阿兹丽娜和企业及合作社发展部长莫哈末卡立。

此外,巫程豪也炮轰40名居銮市议会的官员和议员,完全漠视居銮在12月22日依然处于大水灾的“红色紧急状态”,而继续前往上海观光旅游。

(编按:照片由《亚洲时报》的记者Marilyn Chin所提供)

90,000 evacuated in second wave of flooding
Jan 14, 07 12:50pm Adjust font size:
Severe flooding in Johor has forced more than 90,000 people to flee their homes, weeks after the state was struck by similar floods. The new figures are more than double the 20,051 evacuees reported late Friday, as a second wave of flooding struck the region.

“It is a lot more today because the rain has not stopped and the volume is also quite high,” Che Moin Umar, chief of the Crisis and Disaster Management Directorate told AFP yesterday.

“According to weather reports we expect more rain and more evacuations to take place over the next two days, until Monday.”

Hundreds of people were already sheltering in flood evacuation centres in Johor after the first round of flooding had hit late last month, forcing 90,000 to evacuate their homes at the peak of the crisis.

Since then, rains have hit the country’s north as well as Sabah and Sarawak.

Villages cut off

The state opened 333 flood relief centers on high ground to provide shelter to thousands of families evacuated from their homes, he said.

On the outskirts of Ayer Hitam in Johor, water levels had inundated large stretches of roads, cutting off smaller villages from towns.

“Many people here had only just returned from the last round of floods and now they have to pack up and leave again,” said Muhamad Rubae, a local resident.

“Some of them have not even returned since December,” said Muhamad.

“I just went back for four days and now I have to return here. How are we to cope with this,” said one middle-aged woman who was at a relief centre.

The meteorology department said heavy rains would continue in Johor and three other states until Monday. Heavy rain is also expected over the weekend in Sabah and Sarawak.

The floods – the worst in decades – have claimed 18 lives so far, with the latest casualty a young boy who drowned in Sabah last weekend.

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