Boats on standby for evacuation in Hulu Langat following landslide

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Johan Abd Aziz (pic) has been busy assisting not only flood victims in Hulu Langat but also landslide victims, as the area is prone to such disasters.

The Barisan Nasional candidate for the Hulu Langat parliamentary seat said he visited victims in Taman Desa Sentosa on Thursday night after they were evacuated from a landslide incident caused by continuous rainfall.

Johan, who is Hulu Langat Umno division chairman, said 15 boats are on standby in various villages if there is a need for evacuation.

“Hulu Langat was one of the worst affected areas last December during the big floods in Selangor. We have been fully prepared since then,” said Johan.

He added that financial assistance would be handed out after the elections to those who are affected by the latest floods in Dusun Tua, one of the state constituencies in Hulu Langat.

“When we cannot do the ceramah, we will try to reach out to the first-time voters in this area. We still have a week to do our campaigning,” said Johan.

In Baling, Kedah, which experienced one of the worst floods in decades in July, political rallies will take a back seat as priority will be given to rescue efforts.

The last flood, which hit 12 villages in Baling, left three people dead. It was believed to have been triggered by deforestation and uncertain weather patterns.Barisan’s incumbent Baling MP, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim, said that he will ensure that the tragedy will not be repeated.

“The government has approved Phase One of the flood mitigation plan project (RTB) in Baling that will cost RM15mil and with Phase 2 RTB costing RM160mil,” he said in a Facebook posting.

Perikatan Nasional candidate Hassan Saad of PAS said the party has a special squad ready to deal with any possible disasters that might occur during the campaign period.“If floods happen during this period or on polling day, we already have a contingency plan to help the victims and at the same time continue with our campaign,” said Hassan.

Pakatan Harapan candidate Johari Abdullah said his team of campaigners has taken efforts to prepare for any eventuality.

“Our flood squad will also ferry voters to polling centres in Baling if the floods restrict their movement during polling day,” said the Amanah candidate.

Johari, a former PAS member, served as Kupang assemblyman from 2008 to 2013.

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