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A Special Commission must be established to investigate the government’s shambolic management of floods

Media statement by Opposition Members of Parliament on 29 December 2021:

 

Opposition Members of Parliament Call For Special Commission To Investigate the Management of the Floods

 

The recent flood disaster which has ravaged the nation is a sobering reminder that we should be ever prepared for such extreme climate events.

The government’s unpreparedness of dealing with the aftermath and not having a ready plan to mitigate the disaster was shambolic.

It is distressing that 46 lives were lost in Selangor and Pahang because of the ineffectiveness and the lackadaisical attitude of the federal government.

There was also a communication mishap between the federal government and the Selangor state government on dealing with the search and rescue mission, with reports of armed forces self-deploying themselves because the flood waters were too high and they could not wait for orders from higher-up.

This is worrying to the people of Malaysia as instead of saving lives, the federal government opts to play petty politics. There are 32 ministers in Ismail Sabri’s cabinet but instead of deploying themselves to be at the aid of the people, they instead pretend to “help” for photo opportunities.

Now since the floods have receded in most places, there needs to be a thorough post-mortem on what went wrong, and which are areas of improvement that need to be addressed.

We agree with the several suggestions put forth by the Gabungan Darurat Iklim Malaysia (GDIMY) and a group of 44 civil societies and Malaysian individuals.

 

The government must recognise the flood disaster as a national disaster.

 

The government should also embark on pro-climate policies like a national adaptation plan, a disaster risk reduction plan and push for higher prosecution for those who contribute to climate change like deforestation.

The Federal government should also engage with all stakeholders including members of the opposition and civil society groups to develop a holistic plan to mitigate disasters as well as environmental impacts moving forward.

The government needs to act fast! We need to prevent unnecessary losses of lives due to inefficiencies, tardiness and carelessness which could have been avoided from the start.

As members of parliament we demand for the immediate setting up of a Special Commission to investigate the management of the floods and that its report must be debated and approved by Parliament.

Signed by 77 Members of Parliament led by Opposition Leader YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

 
  1. Port Dickson, Opposition Leader
  2. Kuantan
  3. Seputeh
  4. Sekijang
  5. Beruas
  6. Lanang
  7. Bukit Bendera
  8. Muar
  9. Kepong
  10. Pokok Sena
  11. Bukit Bintang
  12. Rasah
  13. Simpang Renggam
  14. Klang
  15. Lembah Pantai
  16. Sungai Buloh
  17. Cheras
  18. Jelutong
  19. Labis
  20. Kota Melaka
  21. Kluang
  22. Batu Kawan
  23. Labuan
  24. Kalabakan
  25. Bakri
  26. Kota Kinabalu
  27. Pulai
  28. Padang Serai
  29. Bayan Baru
  30. Setiawangsa
  31. Iskandar Puteri
  32. Sungai Petani
  33. Seremban
  34. Kulai
  35. Tanjong
  36. Ipoh Timor
  37. Sandakan
  38. Kampar
  39. Kuala Kedah
  40. Kota Raja
  41. Batu Gajah
  42. Bandar Kuching
  43. Sibu
  44. Tampin
  45. Lumut
  46. Ipoh Barat
  47. Selayang
  48. Pandan
  49. Sungai Siput
  50. Wangsa Maju
  51. Petaling Jaya
  52. Bagan
  53. Taiping
  54. Tuaran
  55. Ledang
  56. Sarikei
  57. Teluk Intan
  58. Raub
  59. Damansara
  60. Shah Alam
  61. Segambut
  62. Stampin
  63. Permatang Pauh
  64. Tanjung Malim
  65. Subang
  66. Alor Setar
  67. Hulu Selangor
  68. Selayang
  69. Johor Baharu
  70. Tangga Batu
  71. Merbok
  72. Kapar
  73. Balik Pulau
  74. Batu
  75. Pasir Gudang
  76. Puchong
  77. Hang Tuah Jaya
 

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