Malaysiakini Letter

Stop squabbling, Penang needs our help

Jacob George  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | It is true that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is still to announce plans for any new allocation for flood mitigation projects in Penang.

I am certain, however, after his visit to ground zero, Najib will seriously consider releasing the RM1 billion allocation sought for flood mitigation projects from his previous five-year Malaysia Development Plans.

I am certain that there will be opposition from within, from opportunistic politicians who may put caveats, oppose, and even hinder any proactive funds to Penang unless they are the ones in the photoshoot. 

In every country, you have such irresponsible self-servers. It is all about them - their political lifespan, and how much they make enriching themselves and their families.

But Najib is the prime minister of Malaysia and must fight them off and their destructive politics. He must make and take decisions as the nation's premier, not based on narrow perspectives and whispers from these politicos.

From my observations, it is obvious that many fighting for their own political relevance and effectiveness were present to welcome the Premier as he landed in the former RAAF base in my hometown of Penang.

Why they were there I cannot fathom, as some were more interested in taking selfies rather than addressing pertinent issues of how we can move forward as one in a situation of great need and turmoil - which affected residents, created economic loss, destruction of property and infrastructure, and displaced many communities - instead of taking cognisance which political party they represent.

I am very glad that the prime minister and "Kak Rosmah" visited several hot spots in Penang. She brought great relief, encouragement, and strength in this hour of need with her sweet smile and interactions.

I am aware that our premier had approved RM150 million and am certainly confident after having a firsthand look at the death and destruction, will be considering additional funds for flood mitigation in Penang.

Through my walkabouts in my hometown, I am sure that he is receiving intelligence of the 13 value added necessities and projects which needed to be implemented at a cost of about RM1 billion.

Adding to these woes, we still have issues relating to relief and rescue work being addressed. I predict that the worst is not over yet. Penang needs help, not politics of party, race and religion.

Believe me, the people are watching, and watching intently.


The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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