KEMAMAN: History was created in the country when for the first time, an aid package comprising a television set, refrigerator, stove, mattress and pillows worth RM5,000 were given to families in Terengganu who were displaced from their homes due to the devastating floods that hit the country last December.
A special ceremony to hand out the aid package was held here on Sunday, attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The television sets were contributed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the refrigerators by Umno, while the mattresses and pillows by Kelab Putera 1Malaysia.
Apart from this, the 19,205 families who were affected by the floods in Terengganu received cash aid of RM500 from the federal government and RM1,500 from the state government.
The Prime Minister in his speech said the BN government would always be with the people whether in good times or bad.
"Never before in the country's history, at one event, various type of aid is given to the people. If we were to follow our (government's) policy, we will give cash aid of RM400 to each affected family, but based on what I witnessed during the floods, if maintained (the aid of RM500), it would have been hardly enough to tide over the losses they had to bear," Najib said.
The Prime Minister also reiterated that in providing aid to flood victims, the BN government never "picked and choose" who to give or what the victims political leanings were because humanitarian needs transcended politics.
Najib said he hoped aid given by various parties to flood victims in Terengganu would strengthen their spirit to "bounce back" and continue with their lives. - Bernama