KUALA LUMPUR — November 6, 2017: Political leaders across the board have come for praise for setting aside their differences to ensure smooth relief work following massive floods in the northern states.
Dr. Mohd. Azizudin of Universiti Utara Malaysia is proud that most of the leaders have chosen not to politicise the disaster.
“This proves that Malaysian politics is matured enough for the leaders to know when differences should be put aside,” he said.
“Even if there are factors such as excessive development that contributes to the floods, it should be discussed later as safety of the people comes first.”
Another political analyst from UUM, Md. Shukri Shuib, commended both the federal and state governments for working together.
“The fact that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng quickly realised the need for the federal goverment’s help and called Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi should be commended,” he said.
Lim had called Zahid early Sunday morning as the flood worsened in Penang, prompting Zahid to issue an immediate order to send soldiers to help in relief efforts.
“I hope we can expect this level of cooperation and maturity from both governments again,” added Shukri.
Penang is the worst affected, with over 5,000 people evacuated and seven deaths reported following heavy rains from Saturday.
At least 113 areas in Penang were inundated and eight landslides reported, damaging hilly roads on the island. In Kedah another 3,000 people were evacuated.