KUALA LUMPUR Jan 18 – DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang is crying foul over the Deputy Finance Minister’s statement that the federal government has spent RM800 million to help flood victims when the actual sum, he claims, is only RM41 million. In a statement today, the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament said Datuk Ahmad Maslan should apologise for his statement made on Jan 5.
The sum, Ahmad had explained, was spent on food supply, logistics and cleaning houses of victims. However, Lim said National Security Council secretary Datuk Mohamed Thajuddin Abdul Wahab had clarified in a media report that the east coast flood relief aid approved by the federal government was only RM500 million.
“Where did Ahmad’s RM800 million estimate come from?” Lim also asked how much of the total amount was spent in flood-stricken areas as Thajuddin only mentioned RM41 million was allocated to 82,000 families of flood victims who had stayed at evacuation centres, with each family receiving RM500.
“How was the balance of RM459 million spent?” He added due to the lack of transparency, accountability and efficiency in the preparations for flood disaster management, a Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up to investigate the matter.
Malaysians, Lim said, were entitled to an explanation as to why the clarification only came 11 days after Ahmad’s purportedly false claim. He also said it was shocking to learn from Thajuddin of the 25 lives that were lost in the floods as it allegedly contradicted figures provided by the different agencies, such as the police.