BERA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob explained today that the delay in the distribution of flood relief, including the purchase of electrical equipment in the amount of RM500 and aid of RM2,500 to replace damaged items, was due to the eligibility verification process.
Despite some delays, particularly those involving unevacuated victims, Ismail Sabri said he had asked all parties to expedite the process so that it is not as late as previous floods which could take up to six months.
“Some of the delays are due to getting verification from Tok Ampat (Village Chief) or parties involved as some have been affected by flooding but their houses are on the fifth or 10th floor with no damage to appliances electricity or maybe the house was flooded at ankle level.
“If possible, I want to give this help to everyone, but it involves government money that has to go through audits and so on, so there are details that are needed,” he said during of his visit to flood victims at the Kampung Guai Mosque here today.
At the event, Ismail Sabri presented assistance in the form of basic necessities offered by the Bera parliamentary office and the Ministry of Rural Development, to 80 representatives of flood victims from Kampung Guai, Kampung Charuk Puting and Kampung Batu Bor, all in Bera district. .
He also said the government is committed to assisting flood victims as soon as possible to ease their financial burden, enabling the immediate release of Humanitarian Cash Assistance (BWI) of RM1,000 from the Federal Government. .
Ismail Sabri, who is also MP for Bera, thanked the authorities and residents of Bera district who acted quickly since the beginning of the flood disaster, allowing no untoward incident to occur other than the good coordination of the ‘aid.
“As we have (always) been affected by the floods, we were ready. Temporary Evacuation Centers (PPS) were identified from the beginning and disaster management was ready from November. Village chiefs were also trained and those living by the river were ready with boats.
“But I would like to apologize because I couldn’t be there physically during the floods. Every year whenever there was flooding, I definitely came here by boat, but the big floods happened this time in several states and I had to be in those places as well,” he said.