‘Responsibility does not fall squarely on government’s shoulders’

KUANTAN: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has appealed to the people to help flood victims, saying the responsibility does not rest with only the government departments.

His Majesty, who is known for his caring attitude towards accident victims, said the people must step forward and help in all sincerity.

“Do not take advantage for self-gain or seek popularity or votes. I hope this will not happen because sincerity is important, ” the King said after Pahang CPO Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan briefed him on the preparations to face the floods in Pahang, at the state police headquarters here yesterday.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, State Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor and Bukit Aman Director of Internal Security and Public Order Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani were also present.

Sultan Abdullah, who is the Sultan of Pahang, said helping people struck by disasters, including floods, portrayed Malaysians as a society which showed concern for fellow citizens regardless of race.

“People whose houses are flooded will be in a state of anxiety. As such, we have to help them as much as we can.

“If we can, we must go down to the ground. Otherwise, we can give some donation, as much as we can afford, ” he said.

His Majesty also reminded all agencies managing flood relief centres to be jointly responsible in ensuring that these places and surroundings were well maintained.

He added that they must also exercise thrift in the use of water and other needs.

“I have visited several flood relief centres before and have found, at times, that the restrooms do not have water.

“We must make sure that this does not happen, ” he said.

The King also said that information on the floods must be quickly disseminated to the people, if possible with the use of latest technology, to enable them to make the necessary preparations.

He expressed his appreciation to all departments and agencies, such as the police, fire and rescue service, military, civil defence force and social welfare service, for working hard during the floods.

“Let’s all pray that the floods will not be massive this time and no lives will be lost although I was informed of a drowning in Lipis.

“I express my sympathy to the family and hope that such incidents will not recur, ” he said.

It was reported that the body of a six-year-old girl, Nur Dhiya Aqeela Mohd Khairul Adlie, was found by Sungai Pulau Kuching in Penjom, Kuala Lipis. She fell into the river while washing her hands. — Bernama

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