MIRI: Instead of just shouting directives to the welfare department and state
authorities to help flood victims, the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has provided crucial manpower and transportation to play a proactive role in facilitating emergency relief aid deployment in flood-hit Bintulu Division in northern Sarawak.
SPDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who is also Bintulu MP, has dispatched party workers into the affected settlements to deliver urgent food supplies.
His party workers are helping out the welfare department relief aid teams to deliver rice and other essential food items to those settlements that have been cut off from the outside world due to sudden flash floods.
Although the weather had generally improved in most parts of Sarawak, there are still areas, especially along riverbanks, that are cut off.
Over the past three days, the Sebauh sub-district – some 30km outside of Bintulu town – suffered spates of floodings due to the bad weather.
Two longhouses, Rumah Unji and Rumah Philip, located along Sungai Tisay Sebauh, with about 300 residents in total, were cut off after more than a metre of flood water inundated their dwellings.
SPDP officers from Bintulu and Kemena branches, led by Tiong’s special liaison officer Teo Ho Peng, arranged for rice and other food supplies to be ferried by boats to these two settlements.
Tiong’s press secretary Choo Mei Yee told Sarawak Metro yesterday that food aid had already reached the affected longhouses.
“Our immediate concern is to alleviate food shortages. For those who cannot come out to get supplies, food must be sent to them and we in SPDP are helping the welfare authorities to get these relief delivered,” she said.