Jan 15, 2007

No more nasi kandar for our PM?

This time our beloved PM is playing safe. Maybe due to the last nasi kandar incident.

PM Following Johor Flood Situation Closely, Says Syed Hamid
KOTA TINGGI, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, attending the Asean summit in the Philippines, is following closely the flood situation in Johor, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Sunday.

He said he had given a report to the prime minister on the situation in the state, especially Kota Tinggi, after the second wave of floods hit the state in less than a month.

Syed Hamid spoke to reporters during a visit today to the flood relief centre at the Kota Kecil Multipurpose Hall. He had returned to Malaysia last night from Cebu City in the Philippines where he attended the 12th Asean Summit.

"The prime minister has pledged to return quickly from the Asean summit in Cebu City to visit the affected areas," he said.

Syed Hamid, who is the Member of Parliament for Kota Tinggi, said the federal government would continue to provide the necessary aid to the flood victims.

"The Johor government and the federal government will work together closely to ensure that food and other essential items are constantly supplied to the flood victims," he said.

Syed Hamid praised the flood victims for their patience in facing the second wave of floods, saying that they were better prepared and understood what had to be done when the floodwaters started rising.

"The pooling of resources to manage the flood victims also went on smoothly, similar to the aid and rescue efforts," he said.

The second wave of floods is worse than the first, with 101,136 people having been evacuated in Johor up to this evening.

In the Kota Tinggi district alone, 13,329 people have moved out of their homes to relief centres.

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