Going beyond federal territories to lend a helping hand

Teams from government agencies under the Federal Territories Ministry taking part in clean-up efforts in flood-hit Taman Tasik Bandar in Temerloh, Pahang.

Federal Territories Ministry and agencies within its purview assigned over 1,000 of their workers to help with clean-up and flood relief efforts outside the capital city.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said since Dec 22, teams from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) and the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office (PPTGWP) were involved in the operations.

They were sent to the outskirts of Hulu Langat, such as the Batu 14 and Batu 18 areas, Bukit Changgang in Banting as well as Labu Lanjut in Sepang to help with the clean-up.

“No one anticipated such devastation but we knew that we had to do something to help the poor folks who have suffered major losses due to the recent floods,” the minister stressed.

Employees from various departments and all levels, including senior officers and directors, were involved in the clean-up from 9am to late evening.

Shahidan pointed out that many of them had sacrificed their personal time to help.

Government assets such as lorries, backhoes, water jets, boats, floater boats, tipper lorries and generators were used for the clean-up exercise, he added.

In Pahang, which is one of the worst-hit states, Shahidan said a team was sent to Temerloh and Mentakab on Christmas Day, while another went to Bentong and Karak.

In Bentong, some 189 people were involved in cleaning up the town’s police station, mosque, multipurpose hall, clinics, and schools.

Food baskets were also distributed to flood victims.

A DBKL officer from the Planning Department, who had helped with the clean-up in Hulu Langat, recounted the desperation of people affected by the floods.

“It was heart-breaking to hear their cries for help and I wish I could do more.

“People were crying and they were so happy to see us,’’ said the officer, who declined to be named.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said most of the flood-hit main roads in the capital city and surrounding areas have been cleaned up.

“Most of the rubbish consisted of plastic packaging and bottles that had been swept up onto the roads,’’ he explained.

The mayor also said that efforts were now in place to help clean up houses that were affected in the flood-prone areas.

“Many basement carparks in the city were affected and we are cleaning those up as well.”

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