Najib: Vital for aid to reach disaster victims fast
PEKAN, April 15 - Good skills in managing disaster are important in minimising the effects on people and properties, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said such skills included overseeing the need to have enough basic needs such as food, blankets and clothes and an efficient delivery system that would transport the necessary items to victims, intact and fast.
He also said it was equally important to ensure that the drainage system was well-maintained, otherwise floods could occur.
Those living along rivers should learn to keep them clean and not use them as dumping grounds, Najib said in his speech before presenting financial aid to 612 farmers and breeders at a convention hall here yesterday.
The recipients were hit by floods recently.
Najib, who is also Pekan MP, gave out a total of RM235,995.
Najib also said he would try to find a solution to the problems involving padi planting in Pahang Tua and Langgar.
He said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was expected to visit the area on Wednesday to check on the planting method.
The Deputy Prime Minister also took to task the Kelantan government for failing to gazette Lojing Highlands to protect the natural resources and water catchment areas. theStarOnline