Tone-deaf, lackadaisical response to deadly floods


Emmanuel Joseph

The prime minister only called for a press conference on the flood disaster on late Saturday night, more than 24 hours after the first areas in Klang Valley were flooded. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 22, 2021.

LAST weekend, Klang Valley saw what people have called its worst floods ever. 

The sudden, unexpected rainfall, the equivalent of a month’s happening in just 24 hours, caught almost everyone off guard, resulting in many areas not receiving assistance even two full days after their homes were almost completely submerged underwater.  


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