‘Penang needs help not politics of party, race and religion!
The people are watching and watching intently, believe me!’ Datuk Dr Jacob George
PM NAJIB MUST FIGHT OFF OPPOSING VIEWS WITHIN TO HELP PENANG RECOVER!
Perhaps, true that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has still to announce plans for any new allocation for flood mitigation projects in Penang!
I am certain however, after his visit to ground zero, Najib will seriously consider the RM1 billion allocation sought for flood mitigation projects still not released under the previous five-year Malaysia Development Plans.
I am certain that there will be opposition from within, from opportunist politicians under siege who may put caveats, oppose, and hinder any proactive funds to Penang unless they are the ones in the photo-shoots!
In every country you have such irresponsible self-servers!
It is all about them, they think and it is all about their political life span and how much they make enriching themselves and their families!
But Najib is the Prime Minister of Malaysia and must fight them off and their destructive politics!
Najib must take and make decisions, based as the nations’ premier and not based on narrow silos based perspective and whispers from these politicos!
From my intelligentsia, it was obvious many fighting for their own political relevance and effectiveness were present, to welcome the Premier as he landed in Butterworth former RAAF base in my home town!
Why they were there I cannot fathom, as some were more interested in taking ‘selfies’ rather than addressing pertinent issues, how we can go forward as one Malaysian team in a situation of great need and turmoil which, affects residents, created economic loss, destruction of property and infrastructures and displaced many communities not taking cognizance which political party they represent!
I am very glad that the prime minister and ‘Kak Rosmah’ visited several hot spots in Penang!
She brought great relief, encouragement and strength in this hour of need with her sweet smiles and interactions!
I am aware that our premier had approved RM150 million and certainly confident after firsthand look at the death and destruction will be considering additional funds for flood mitigation in Penang.
Through my walkabouts in my hometown, I am aware receiving intelligence of 13 value add necessities and projects which needed to be implemented with a cost of about RM1 billion!
Adding to these woes, we still have issues relating to relief and rescue work being addressed!
I will predict that the worst is not over yet, and sad that the Damrey Typhoon that hit Vietnam on Nov 4, and an unexpected fierce 65km per hour winds never seen before in Malaysia has left a trail of death and destruction, costs seven lives, stranded over 7,000 people, misplacing some 3,000 and left an economic loss and destruction that still is undocumented nor financially quantified!
Penang needs help not politics of party, race and religion!
The people are watching and watching intently, believe me!