Flood vic­tims get fed­eral aid

> But Pe­nang CM dis­ap­pointed with just RM250 for each house­hold


GE­ORGE TOWN: The cash aid that was promised by the fed­eral govern­ment for the Pe­nang flood vic­tims will fi­nally be paid, said Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng.

Lim, how­ever, said the cash aid will only be dis­trib­uted to 22,534 house­holds to­talling RM5.6 mil­lion or RM250 for each house­hold.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that the amount is less than what the Pe­nang state govern­ment had asked for the vic­tims,” he said in a press con­fer­ence at Kom­tar yes­ter­day.

Lim also ap­pealed to the fed­eral govern­ment to match what flood vic­tims in other states got which is RM500.

He said Pe­nang is still part of Malaysia and should not be side­lined.

He also ques­tioned why the cash aid was only for 22,534 vic­tims as more than 50,000 were af­fected by the floods.

A to­tal of 52,353 flood vic­tims had re­ceived the one-off RM700 un­der the Pe­nang Bounce Back pro­gramme.

The cash in­cen­tive pro­gramme was for vic­tims af­fected by the mas­sive floods that hit the state on Nov 4 and 5 last year.

Lim, who ap­peared dis­sat­is­fied with the main­stream me­dia, shot back at his crit­ics by show­ing a pic­ture of Star Me­dia Group CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai with the busi­ness­man im­pli­cated in re­ceiv­ing a RM19 mil­lion bribe to close the probe on the RM6.3 bil­lion Pe­nang Un­der­sea tun­nel project.

The pic­ture showed Wong, the busi­ness­man and an­other uniden­ti­fied per­son pic­tured to­gether at a func­tion.

I’m not go­ing to show a photo of the busi­ness­man with a BN min­is­ter, no I am not go­ing to do that.

“But I want to show a photo of an MCA sup­porter with the busi­ness­man, I am not mak­ing any al­le­ga­tions but just want to show Wee Ka Siong (MCA deputy pres­i­dent) this photo.”

In a swift re­sponse, Wong said he as a known me­dia prac­ti­tioner and the CEO of Star Me­dia Group, met all kinds of peo­ple in the course of his work.

He said on many oc­ca­sions strangers had re­quested to have their photo taken with him.

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