Frustration over government’s poor rescue response, ‘publicity’ visits boils over online

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Frustration and anger over the government’s poor rescue response towards the floods as well as some politicians’ perceived exploitation of the disaster for publicity are boiling over on social media.

Netizens have posted various videos of flood victims reacting negatively to ministers visiting the affected areas or pointing out the lacklustre rescue and relief efforts by the government, among others.

Some of the videos posted include one by Twitter user Farid Reduan, who said his one-minute clip was taken at Bukit Changgang, Selangor.

In the video, what appears to be a government official’s car convoy, escorted by police riders, was seen driving past several people resting under a blue tent.

A woman sitting at the tent is heard quipping sarcastically as the cars pass by:

“Thank you, you guys helped out so much.

“Wow, so many (cars) here to help out with the flood.

“Tomorrow, when the flood has subsided, come again yeah,” she is heard saying, with some laughing at her last remark.

Another video was posted by a TV3 reporter, which showed a man identified only as Pak Din at the SK Telok Gong temporary shelter in Port Klang, Selangor. The reporter said there is a lack of food and water supplies at the shelter.

The incensed man appeared to be scolding someone off-camera in the 45-second video clip.

“We are hoping for help from donors. Where is the government!

“What is your responsibility? We chose you to manage our safety and our lives.

 

“We have now been struck with disaster, three days here and we only received help from donors. Help, where is the National Security Council? Where is the Welfare Department?” he questioned.

Yet another video on Twitter by user Haziq Asyraf Jr showed Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob sitting in a car speaking out of the car window to a woman who was standing in front of her house.

The woman is heard telling the prime minister that her house is on high enough ground and that there are worse-affected areas further in.

Meanwhile, a video posted on TikTok depicts what appears to be Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz wearing a life jacket on a boat heading towards flooded buildings with only their roofs visible.

The boat was full of people, with several also wearing life jackets. As they arrived at the roofs, the minister is helped out of the boat onto a roof.

The caption of the video claimed that the boat was full of the minister’s officers, bodyguards, as well as cameramen.

There was also a picture posted on Twitter by user Cen Polo, which showed boxes of supplies on the back of a truck. The boxes were printed with the Perikatan Nasional (PN) logo as well as a photo of Kuala Langat MP Xavier Jayakumar.

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“Aid arrived late because they had to wait for the boxes with logos to be ready. No wonder,” the user tweeted.

Aside from that, “DO NOT DONATE TO GOVERNMENT” is trending on Malaysian Twitter, with over 34,600 tweets at the time of writing. It is believed the phrase started trending after the government launched the Keluarga Malaysia Flood Relief Fund on Monday.

Many tweets with that phrase were of users expressing their disappointment with the government and encouraged donations to NGOs instead.

Some also expressed doubt about what the donated funds will be used for. – Malaysiakini