Pe­nang MP rapped for want­ing ‘bud­get’ for flood mit­i­ga­tion projects

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

A PE­NANG Op­po­si­tion law­maker was rapped for vot­ing against the Bud­get 2018 yet want­ing a “bud­get” for flood mit­i­ga­tion projects.

“Why are you ask­ing for a bud­get when you voted against it? You (Op­po­si­tion) even went to the ex­tent of call­ing for a block vote against the Bud­get on Mon­day evening,” Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Dr Shahi­dan Kas­sim said when an­swer­ing a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion dur­ing min­is­ter’s ques­tion time.

Shahi­dan was re­spond­ing to Sim Tze Tzin’s (PKR-Bayan Baru) sug­ges­tion that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­proved con­tin­gency funds to help Pe­nang.

Sev­eral Barisan Na­sional back­benchers could be heard shout­ing “no shame” as he de­manded more al­lo­ca­tion although op­pos­ing the Bud­get.

Sim said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­proved RM2­bil to help Ke­lan­tan and Terengganu af­ter the mas­sive floods at the end of 2014.

Shahi­dan said the mas­sive floods in Ke­lan­tan and Terengganu af­fected some 650,000 evac­uees while only 7,680 had reg­is­tered for aid af­ter the re­cent Pe­nang floods.

Shahi­dan said the National Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency (Nadma) was only in­volved in res­cue, evac­u­a­tion and re­lief oper­a­tions and not the over­all bud­get for the state.

Sim ear­lier took a swipe at Datuk Shabudin Ya­haya (BN-Tasek Gel­u­gor) for at­tribut­ing the flood in Pe­nang to overde­vel­op­ment.

Shahi­dan, while say­ing that en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors and ex­treme weather were rea­sons for the flood, ac­knowl­edged that overde­vel­op­ment was a fac­tor.

In a writ­ten re­ply to Lim Guan Eng (DAPBa­gan), Shahi­dan said that Nadma had given out RM234.9mil in com­pen­sa­tion to flood vic­tims be­tween 2013 and as of Septem­ber this year.

He said that only those reg­is­tered for the aid were given RM500 each.

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