KUALA LUMPUR: More than RM2bil will be spent to help victims of the Dec 18 floods last year that affected several parts of the nation, says Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.
"A total of RM1.4bil worth of aid was announced by the Prime Minister on Dec 29 for flood disaster relief which is a comprehensive and unprecedented aid package to address the flooding brought about by the year-end monsoon.
"Based on expenditure for various aid, the need to repair damaged homes and public amenities, this amount has exceeded RM2bil," the Finance Minister said when taking part in the one-day Dewan Rakyatspecial sitting on Thursday (Jan 20) to debate the floods.
In comparison, he said that a total of RM142mil was channelled to help flood victims from 2016 to 2020.
So far, he said that RM300mil has been channelled for the purpose.
Since Dec 27 last year, Zafrul said that RM75mil was given out to 75,000 victims, who received RM1,000 each - an increase of RM500 previously.
"The next of kin of 46 victims who died in the floods have also received RM10,000. To date, RM125mil has been channelled to states affected by the floods to coordinate providing aid to victims and bereavement aid to those affected," he added.
As for flood-damaged homes, Zafrul said that between RM5,000 and RM56,000 in aid was provided for repairs and rebuilding of new homes.
He said that 439 homes required minor repairs of about RM5,000 while 10,000 homes were provided between RM5,000 and RM15,000 for repairs.
He added that 259 recipients were provided RM56,000 to help rebuild new homes after their previous ones were totally destroyed by the flood.
Apart from this, Zafrul also said that almost 5,000 vehicles owners were provided with RM1,000 to repair their flood-damaged vehicles or to use the money to replace their vehicles.
He said that, for the first time, Proton Perodua offered 50% discounts on spare parts while other manufacturers offered 25% for those eligible for the car repair aid.
He added that 20 car manufacturers and about 1,800 car workshops had agreed to help affected vehicle owners.