9 November 2017
Press statement by MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Deputy Chairman Dato’ Ng Chok Sin
Floods deluge Penang: Time for politicians to band together, not divide
In such trying times in the aftermath of the worst floods calamity to have hit the northern states of Penang and Kedah, it is heartwarming that Malaysians irrespective of race, religion or political affiliation are banding together, volunteering their time, labour and efforts to rebuild lives, schools, homes and other premises shattered by the devastation.
Words by UMNO Padang Besar MP Zahidi Zainul Abidin that the water deluge are a karmic reaction against the mismanaged development and pitting one religion against another are crass, insensitive and do not represent BN at all. Bear in mind, all Penangites irrespective of faith professed have suffered in one way or another, or has a relative or friend who need all the solace and support to rebuild their lives.
Going by the same logic, can the public, especially non-Muslims who should not be made to subscribe to hudud enactment enacted by the PAS Kelantan government but have felt its affects, attribute the worst floods in Kelantan’s history from December 2014 to January 2015 to PAS eroding the religious freedoms of non-Muslims and gender equality of Muslim women?
Going by the same logic again, can the public say that the enormous tsunami catastrophe on 26 Dec 2004 is a reaction against the Aceh province’s institution of Islamic criminal law which began with Qanun No. 11 of 2002, and in2003 where further laws were passed imposing punishments against alcohol consumption, gambling and khalwat?
We note that PAS and DAP MPs have criticised Zahidi’s remarks. Nevertheless, we also remind Pakatan Harapan to recall and recognise that the “wheelchair-and-crutches-for-the-next-world” remark hurled by DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng against MCA President Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai were also uncouth and unbefitting of a head of state.
Floods ravaging the Pearl of the Orient befall more frequently since 2008 than in preceding years. Excessive and uncontrolled hillslope development leading to landslides, and flood mitigation in Penang need to be addressed by the Penang state authorities. At the same time, advanced warnings by the Meteorological Department could be more highlighted and publicised via social media, circular to government departments, schools, besides television news and radio broadcasts so that early evacuation preparations could be undertaken.
Dato’ Ng Chok Sin
MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Deputy Chairman