SUBANG JAYA: Setting up a temporary relief centre at the Putra Heights LRT Station's bus hub is a good move to assist flood victims, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister commended Prasarana Malaysia Bhd for opening the bus hub as a temporary relief centre for 54 victims.
"The temporary relief centre was established by Prasarana as the victims were seeking refuge after nearby relief centres became full.
"This is a good endeavour by Prasarana," he told reporters after visiting the temporary relief centre in Putra Heights on Sunday (Dec 19).
Dr Wee said it was good that the bus hub was turned into a temporary relief centre, making use of public amenities for the benefit of the people.
"The temporary relief centre is well equipped with food and necessities for the victims provided by Prasarana.
"The space is comfortable with various facilities including a prayer room," he added.
He sympathised with the 54 flood victims from three nearby villages who did not even have a chance to take any of their belongings when fleeing the floods.
"I hope the temporary relief centre will be able to assist them during such hardship," he said.
Dr Wee took the time to talk to the victims at the temporary relief centre during his visit.
He also hoped the public will be patient following the disruption of Rapid KL bus services due to the flood.
"About 84 Rapid KL buses were unable to return to their respective depots due to the floods.
"It will take time for the services to return to normal so I hope the public can be patient in this regard," he said.
Asked whether the ministry would make it compulsory for motorists to take natural disaster vehicle insurance coverage, Dr Wee said such matters must be approached in a holistic manner with input from all relevant agencies.
"We have to conduct a detailed discussion on the matter," he said.