Added : Check out Earl-ku’s first hand experience in Johor flood. He went down with a convoy, bringing some goods for the people there. Money he collected from bloggers’ friends. And the lengthy summary of the trip.
The papers said that 104,000 have been evacuated. The DID (that’s the longkang authority) said it will be a while before Johor dries up. It is currently like a bowl of water.
104,000 is a LOT of people. Though there are no dead bodies to count, it still means 104,000 people are suffering. In there are old folks, people with disabilities, pregnant mothers, babies, small children, sick people…
Plentong – My ex-company has factories over there. What has happened to all those businesses there? Plentong is an industrial area. Didn’t they suffer lossses of millions? How come I don’t see anyone whining over it?
What about people having a hard time in cramped up make shift school halls turned into evacuation centre. No electricity, no water, want to berak how? No, we don’t get to read about that too.
Because this is Visit Malaysia Year 2007?
Correct or not?
Why do we get so many aids, volunteers, sympathisers, all sorts of NGOs and agencies jumping into action during the Tsunami? I am not saying that the sufferings of the Tsunami victims, especially those who lost loved ones is lesser than the flood. What I am saying is all those people who have been displaced suffer just as much.
But we have little bits of news like how MCA centres have been turned to some help centre. Like oh, so very big news likedat.
What makes me wonder is – Are the media downplaying the generousity of many unknown, unsung heroes who are helping these people in Johor out? Instead they focussed on how such and such political parties are doing their bits. Did you read about the smart suggestion from some MIC leader that we should start planting our own vegetables and eat only chicken to survive the price increase? Doh, marvellous idea!
What I want to say is – It is time the media highlight more of the situation. Show us the real people sufferings there, not some happy family in a tub sailing happily in the flood waters. Tell us about how regular folks rise up to the occassion to help the people. We want heart-warming stories like these so that more people will feel compelled to come forward to help ease the sufferings of the 104,000 Johor folks. If Johor is not 600KM away from Penang, I would have gone down there and do my part. So, I hope those people who can afford the time to just go out and do it. It is people who go on their own free will that will make the difference.
But I suppose all things will be on hold until we have some politicians free enough to wade through the mud water, carrying a baby or something, before everyone else jumped into action……