KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Friday (December 31st) pledged additional aid, including financial aid for victims of recent devastating floods in Malaysia.
In his New Year’s speech, Datuk Seri Ismail said that every head of household affected by the recent flooding has received humanitarian monetary assistance of RM1,000 (Singaporean $ 323), up from RM500 previously under the Bantuan initiative. Wang Ihsan (BWI).
The effort began on December 27.
“This initiative will benefit more than 45,000 households. The number of people who will receive this assistance may also increase once we finish identifying those who have been affected by the floods but have not moved to relief centers. temporary, “Ismail said, quoted by the Malay Mail news portal. .
“To date, 20,000 households have received assistance from the BWI.
Malaysia is still recovering and counting its losses after continuous rains caused by a tropical depression that wreaked havoc two weeks ago, inundating large parts of the more developed state of Selangor and several districts of Pahang.
With a death toll of 48 and several others still missing, it was the deadliest flood in Malaysian history.
While monsoon flooding is an annual recurrence on the east coast, such large-scale flooding is rare in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and other west coast states.
At its peak, more than 70,000 people were displaced during the flooding, although that number has dropped significantly over the past week as floodwaters dried up and clean-up began in many areas. affected.
Still, concerns over large-scale flooding have not abated with the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) warning that eight states are expected to experience continued rains on Saturday.
Mr Ismail said cash vouchers of RM500 each will also be issued to each family to purchase electrical appliances damaged in the floods. This program will take off on January 7.
In addition to this, the government also agreed to give 2,500 RM in cash to each affected family to purchase essential goods.
Each affected victim will also be offered free towing and car repair costs by national automakers Proton and Perodua, in addition to a 50% discount on spare parts replacement.
Other companies also offer free towing services and a discount of at least 25% on spare parts and repair costs at authorized service centers.
“For owners of vehicles damaged by flooding, the government will also provide vouchers of RM 1,000 for the purpose of repairing and purchasing a new vehicle, including trucks, cars, motorcycles and more. .
“Vouchers and discounts will start from January 2022,” Ismail said as quoted by Malay Mail.