I was in Pekan, Pahang, during the flood period which is still ongoing, and nothing could have prepared me for what I saw there! An inundation of an area of a Biblical proportion!
You have to be there to see it and to believe it. It is not even the second wave yet for the flood, but when I left the water was still rising and it will get even worse and least until January, according to the weatherman.
Except for one death in Pekan, the 9,000 people affected or being relocated to the higher ground are out of harms way and there's plenty of food being supplied. So far Pekan itself is cut off from the main transportation arteries, but supply of basic essentials is constantly coming in, by air and by boats
According to the Member of Parliament for Pekan, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, while people have to make do with a slightly cramped iving quarters their well being is taken care off. "There is no shortages of food and medical supplies. Come what may, Najib also said he will be spending his Hari Raya Haji in his constituency as a matter of tradition. "Except it will be a wee bit wet," he smiled.
The second wave of the big flood is expected to come and every precautionary measure is being considered to ensure the people's safety. However, more donation is needed, especially clothing, for the flood victims.
For those interested, donation or inquiry can be made directly to Balai Polis Paloh Hinai, in Pekan, Pahang (along the Kuantan-Segamat highway), by contacting OCS Sarjan Nordin at 019-9938957, or you can call the Dato' Shahlan Ismail, Special Officer to the Deputy Prime Minister at 019-2696011.