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Published: Saturday November 6, 2010 MYT 5:33:00 PM

Kedah Sultan sad over flood, urges everyone to work together

ALOR SETAR: The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, has expressed sadness over the worst flood that has hit the state and urged all parties to set aside their political differences for the good of everyone.

The Sultan also urged the federal and state government agencies, corporate bodies and individuals to come forward to provide assistance in whatever form to lessen the burden of the flood victims.

"I am very sad over the flood disaster that has affected the people of this beloved state, but I believe there is 'hikmah' (wisdom) behind all this.

"Let us be grateful with what Allah has blessed us with, and what is important for us now is to reflect and learn lessons from this calamity," he said in his speech at a briefing on the flood situation, at Wisma Darul Aman, here, Saturday.

The Sultan also announced a RM500,000 contribution from the state zakat (tithe) collection and a personal contribution of RM100,000 to the state government to assist the flood victims.

Tuanku Abdul Halim also thanked the state government and State Disaster Management and Relief Committee in handling the flood situation.

Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah (YSB) also received a contribution of RM200,000 from an individual who only wished to be known as "hamba Allah' (servant of God) to be channelled to the flood victims.

Earlier, the Sultan and Sultanah Tuanku Haminah Hamidun visited flood evacuees at the Suka Menanti Stadium, here.

Accompanying them were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, the Sultan's youngest daughter and YSB chairman Datuk Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz, and Kedah Umno liaison deputy chief Datuk Ahmad Md Hanipah. Bernama

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