GEORGE TOWN: The state government has claimed that the Federal Government only gave RM35,500 in financial aid to Penang flood victims over the past five years.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the amount only accounted for 0.02% of the total RM235mil allocations given out to flood victims nationwide during the same period.
“Penangites contributed about 8% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) but we received the least in financial aid for flood victims from 2013 to 2017.
“Why are we being treated like that? This is not fair,” he told a press conference after handing out the state government’s one-off RM400 cash aid to victims of the Sept 15 floods.
Lim said he had no issues with the bigger portion of financial aid given to other states, but “from the RM35,500 received, we only got about RM7,000 a year”.
Lim, who is also Bagan MP, had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament the amount of allocation given to flood victims in each state and district from 2013 to this year.
He also questioned if the Federal Government would consider allocations for the Sept 15 flood victims in Penang caused by Typhoon Doksuri.
In his answer, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said Kelantan received RM90.34mil.
Pahang was next with an allocation of RM41.06mil from the Federal Government and followed by Terengganu which received RM34.05mil during the period.
Other states which received the aid were Sarawak (RM28.65mil) and Sabah (RM14.16mil) in East Malaysia.
Next were Perak (RM9.03mil), Johor (RM7.13mil), Selangor (RM4.66mil), Kedah (RM4.02mil), Melaka (RM896,210), Negri Sembilan (RM469,000), Perlis (RM217,500) and Kuala Lumpur (RM167,000), while Penang received RM35,500.
Dr Shahidan added that the financial aid was not meant for flash floods victims, but those affected by the northeast monsoon.
He also said they would consider giving RM500 as financial aid to each affected household in Penang in view of the extraordinary floods on Sept 15.