‘ Re­lief was in Bud­get’

> Pro­posal in­cluded dis­as­ter fund which Pe­nang voted against, says Shahi­dan

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

RE­JECT­ING THE 2018 Bud­get also means re­ject­ing the dis­as­ter re­lief fund al­lo­cated for flood vic­tims, the De­wan Rakyat was told yes­ter­day.

Slam­ming the Op­po­si­tion for vot­ing against the bud­get yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim said they have failed to ex­tend sup­port for the flood vic­tims when they re­jected the bud­get.

“I re­gret very much that the Op­po­si­tion had yes­ter­day re­jected the bud­get, which also con­tains al­lo­ca­tion for dis­as­ter re­lief.

“So the flood vic­tims did not re­ceive the sup­port of the Op­po­si­tion as they have re­jected the aid for flood vic­tims in the bud­get as well,” he said.

Shahi­dan crit­i­cised the Op­po­si­tion for ask­ing con­tin­gency al­lo­ca­tion of RM2 bil­lion in aid of the flood vic­tims in Pe­nang, when they have re­jected the gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed bud­get for next year.

“You are ask­ing for RM2 bil­lion aid for Pe­nang, but why didn’t you sup­port the 2018 Bud­get yes­ter­day?”

Shahi­dan, how­ever, said the re­quest will be discussed at a dif­fer­ent level as it was not un­der his purview.

He was re­spond­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Sim Tze Tsin (PKR-Bayan Baru), who asked whether the gov­ern­ment can pro­vide a con­tin­gency fund of RM2 bil­lion for Pe­nang as pro­vided for Ke­lan­tan and Terengganu dur­ing the floods in 2014.

“It is not true that Ke­lan­tan and Terengganu re­ceived con­tin­gency funds.

“The National Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency (Nadma) was only in­volved in re­pair­ing houses af­fected in the floods.

“There were 652,000 vic­tims, big­gest in the coun­try’s his­tory. Nadma played a role dur­ing evac­u­a­tion and took care of peo­ple’s wel­fare in the cen­tres,” he said.

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