KUALA LUMPUR: Assets and assistance via the armed forces have been deployed to Penang as it is the responsibility of the ruling Government, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"If there is any form of natural disaster, we will help the state although it is governed by the Opposition, as it is based on a humanitarian basis and our responsibility as the Federal Government," he told a press conference after a site visit of the Malaysian Field Hospital initiative for the Rohingya refugees on Sunday.
The Prime Minister said the Armed Forces chief would personally fly to the state this afternoon to check the situation on the ground.
"The mission will be coordinated by the National Security Council (NSC).
"We will provide flood victims with any necessities and give them any help needed.
"We have the armed forces and National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to look into such situations," he said.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who was also present at the event, said that the flood situation in Penang should not be politicised.
"We mobilised our team as early as 5am. When it comes to floods, we do not care which states," said Hishammuddin.
"We have more than 100 officers currently on the ground.
"Assets like boats and land rovers have been mobilised. This is the standard operating procedure," he said.
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