I found this letter to the NST through Rojakz’s blog. I am not sure how I should call it. It is a shame, a total shame to all those leaders whom had been so semangat berkorbar-korbar hendak mempertahankan mertabat Melayu. Where are you all when our regular folks were suffering from cold, hunger, distress…? Mana pergi itu Kak Mah, ketua wanita UMNO di Johor tu? Terperuk kat rumah, tidorrr ke? Masa persidangan UMNO kan beribu-ribu orang pergi kat PWTC? Sekarang tak senang pergi hulur pertolongan kat Johor ke? Oh…sebab TV crew tak ada….Maklumlah…
I had told Earl-ku earlier in his comment that the moment I saw our white shirt-khaki pants, DPM, sitting cosily, carrying a baby (I told you so!), I already blood boil. White shirt? And after I turned a few pages, I saw two Ministers, a Health Minister somemore, squatting there, smiling with more people there, I almost vomit blood.
Flood relief: Help came from ordinary folk
10 Jan 2007
ROZITA MAT ARIS, Kajang
MY relatives were directly hit by the recent floods phenomenon in Kota Tinggi, Johor. While the media were showing photographs of officials and VIPs smiling with babies and such, my relatives told us a different story.
Everyone we met said that the centre where they were taking refuge did not have enough food.
They were thankful that they received a bun each for dinner, but for breakfast the next day, a plate of plain fried rice was given to feed a family of five or six. At 2pm that e same day, there wasere no sign of lunch.
Frantic parents were told that there wasere food at a hall a few kilometres away, being prepared in abundance there in preparation for the visiting dignitaries.
Help came when you least expected it. At Taman Kota Jaya, the worst hit area was the low- to medium-cost housing area. The majority of occupants there are were Malays.
Chinese neighbours came in their personal capacity, droveiving around in personal cars handing to hand out bread, biscuits, drinking water and blankets.
The temple in Taman Kota Jaya quickly organised help; no distinction of race was made.
When the waters started to recede, Chinese doctors made free house to house calls offering services at no charge.
The MCA handed out clothes to everyone. Even the opposition Islamic Party members managed to hand out food. These people will always be remembered for giving help from the heart, no reporters trailing them, no TV camera to record their deeds.
To all of you who helped my relatives when they were hungry and cold, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. You know who you are.
My faith in other fellow Malay- sians, regardless of race and creed, has increased a thousand fold.
I am pretty sure very soon, more grouses from the real rakyat will surface and then…we shall see karma biting their asses.