Urusan banjir tanggungjawab saya – Muhyiddin
KUALA LUMPUR 25 Dis. – Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, isu ketiadaan Perdana Menteri ketika banjir melanda negara tidak perlu diperdebatkan kerana beliau yang bertanggungjawab menguruskan bencana itu.
Katanya, walaupun Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ketika ini sedang bercuti di luar negara, Perdana Menteri sentiasa memantau serta mengambil maklum mengenai perkembangan banjir bagi memastikan semua mangsa diberi bantuan.
Tambahnya, sebagai manusia biasa, Perdana Menteri juga memerlukan rehat selepas bekerja keras sepanjang tahun untuk menguruskan negara dan adalah tidak adil jika pihak tertentu cuba mempersoal tindakan beliau tersebut.
“Apabila Perdana Menteri ke luar negara, saya memangku tugas beliau bagi menguruskan negara. Tak perlu risau kerana saya sudah maklumkan kepada beliau apa yang saya akan buat, kita akan lakukan yang terbaik untuk bencana ini.
“Perdana Menteri sudah kerja kuat, selaku manusia biarlah beliau rehat. Tak adil. Ini dalam semangat Krismas tidak patut kita mempersoalkan tetapi rakyat tidak perlu bimbang,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.
Dalam pada itu, Muhyiddin berkata, beliau akan melawat Kelantan esok jika Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra masih boleh digunakan tetapi jika banjir sudah menenggelaminya, lawatan ditukar ke kawasan banjir di Pahang dan Terengganu.
Pada masa yang sama beliau memaklumkan, Mesyuarat Khas Majlis Keselamatan Negara akan dibuat pada Sabtu ini untuk menilai semula secara menyeluruh kesan bencana banjir dan bagaimana pendekatan terbaik untuk menghadapinya. Utusan Malaysia Rencana 26 Disember 2014 2:09 AM
I’m in charge, says Muhyiddin
SUBANG JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) has assured Malaysians that he is in charge of the country's flood crisis while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is away.
"Don't worry, I am in charge when the Prime Minister is not in, I will be acting on his behalf so don't worry. Have trust in me.
“We will manage what we can to the best of our ability," he said during the Christmas tea event hosted by the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) at Subang Jaya on Thursday.
Muhyiddin's assured all present that he was keeping in close contact with Najib in managing the flood situation.
He also told reporters that there was no need for an emergency to be declared yet unless a total breakdown in electricity or essential supplies occurs or if the number of evacuees in an area increases to over hundreds of thousands.
He said that even if a state of emergency is declared, the most important thing is in aid response and to ensure lives are saved and that aid and supplies are delivered.
Muhyiddin also said that the Government would mobilize all assets, even non-governmental and private assets, to help in relief efforts if floods take a turn for the worse.
"If we have to mobilize all assets, I will instruct private helicopters and contact private agencies and agencies not involved in flood relief to assist," he said, adding that he was receiving frequent updates from the National Security Council (MKN).
"I guarantee that we will use all resources necessary to save the lives of victims in affected areas," he said, emphasizing that the safety of victims is a priority and that the Government will spare no expenditure in relief efforts.
Muhyiddin also urged the public not to spread false or unsubstantiated information as this may cause further distress to the victims and families.
Muhyiddin will be visiting Pengkalan Chepa on Boxing Day. However, due to unpredictable weather, he told reporters that he may visit Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan instead if the airplane is not be able to land in Kelantan.
The flood in the West Coast of Malaysia is reported to be one of the worst in recent years with more than 90,000 people evacuated as of Christmas Day.
I’m here, let Najib have his break, says Muhyiddin over flood relief efforts
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was no need for the public to worry over the absence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is currently abroad, as the nation faces its worst floods in history.
The deputy prime minister said he was monitoring relief efforts for flood victims, adding that he had informed Najib to have faith in him to handle the situation.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says Datuk Seri Najib Razak also needs his break, following criticism over the timing of his holiday abroad amid the worst floods in the country's history. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 25, 2014.
"We must be fair. The prime minister also has his time for a break as he has been working so hard," Muhyiddin told reporters this evening.
"He is also a human being. I told him not to worry and to have trust in me, we will manage the issue in whatever way we can," he said.
He added that floods were an annual occurrence in Malaysia, but this year was much more challenging.
"There is no need for Najib to come back immediately," Muhyiddin said when asked whether the Prime Minister would be making a speedy return to Malaysia.
"If I cannot handle the issue, then I will call Najib to return to Malaysia," he quipped.
Muhyiddin said government agencies involved in flood operations have been told to mobilise all available assets and manpower.
"However, there are certain factors which are beyond our control, as adverse weather conditions have been hampering our operations," he said.
He said he received a detailed briefing from the National Security Council shortly after his return to Malaysia yesterday.
"I have instructed the NSC to do everything that needs to be done in order to save and evacuated the flood victims in affected areas."
He said if necessary, the government was prepared to spend money and hire additional equipment and assets from the private sector to facilitate operations.
"I will have a meeting with the NSC on Saturday and I have told the secretariat to inform me if there is any additional assets or equipment which is lacking.
"Saving lives is our top priority, even if it means the government's expenditure will increase slightly," he added. – December 25, 2014.
Will Najib return from Hawaii to tackle floods, asks veteran editor
The former editor of New Straits Times Press has asked whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak will cut short his holiday in Hawaii as floods in several states reach critical level with close to 100,000 people evacuated from their homes.
|Sat lagi dengan gambag ni Najib kena 'sapu' lagi kata 'bagi belakang' kat Obama
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (in pink shirt) putts putts on the 18th hole as President Barack Obama watches, at the Clipper Golf course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. –
Reuters pic, December 25, 2014.
Writing in his blog today, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said there had been no mention of Najib going overseas, other than a text message from his media chief informing that the prime minister would go on a year-end break.
"Today, The Malaysian Insider cited a report by The Washington Post that Najib had played golf with US president Barack Obama at the Marine Corps base course in Kanahoe Bay.
"The country is hit by floods and the PM is playing golf in Hawaii. Maybe part of the visit is to seek forgiveness after the American diplomatic community and media blasted him for reneging on his promise to repeal the Sedition Act," Kadir said.
He added there was no need to apologise, or seek Obama's consent or the approval of other world leaders.
"Or has the era of sending 'bunga emas' (tributes) to big powers come again?" he asked.
Kadir (pic, right) praised Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak for ordering that all official New Year celebrations in the state be cancelled following the worsening flood situation.
Najib came under heavy flak from social media users after news and pictures emerged of him golfing in Hawaii with Obama, at a time when many parts of Malaysia were hit with the worst floods for decades.
Earlier today, Bernama reported that some 90,250 people were evacuated in five states, the highest number of flood victims in history.
Kelantan topped the list with 32,343 evacuees, followed by Terengganu (28,991), Pahang (24,316), Perak (4,335) and Perlis (265).
The Finance Ministry has approved an immediate allocation of RM50 million for flood-hit states, according to Bernama, quoting Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Husni Hanadzlah. – December 25, 2014.