November 7, 2017
Press statement by MCA President Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai
Latest information on Penang flood situation after inspection visit with Prime Minister
Today I accompanied Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on a trip to Penang to visit the floods-ravaged areas as well as disaster relief operations and flood evacuation centres.
MCA is very much concerned about the predicaments, financial losses and inconveniences incurred on Penang residents as a result of this disaster. When the floods first struck, MCA commenced crisis relief operations. MCA has increased its manpower from 215 volunteers in the beginning to mobilising 618 volunteers.
In the meantime, MCA has also arranged to send 1,500 mattresses to the flood-stricken areas in Penang and Kedah. It is estimated that the deliveries will arrive tonight to help ease the catastrophe. MCA is currently actively assisting Penangites in cleaning up their homes and flood relief works following the aftermath of the waters deluge. We also visited an evacuation centre located at SK Sungai Dua. It is our hopes that the school may recommence classes and operations soon.
MCA extends our thanks to all non-governmental organisations which have come forward to provide disaster relief. Such actions embody the spirit of human friendship. MCA will continue to cooperate with more non-governmental organisations in crisis relief to help reduce the plight of the calamity. MCA also wishes to thank all volunteers for their active crisis relief efforts. They deserve our commendation for their efforts in assisting residents in the disaster-hit areas.
Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai
Minister of Transport