PARIT, Malaysia - The Federal Government and state governments under Opposition rule need to work closely in the country's massive post-flood recovery exercise.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was imperative to have cooperation from all agencies through the formation of a joint committee between the federal and state governments.
"We can't have one person doing one thing and someone else doing another.
"But the first thing that needs to be done is for local agencies and community leaders to register the flood victims and record the extent of damage suffered to enable aid to be delivered to them," he told reporters after visiting flood victims at SMK Lambor Kiri here yesterday.
Muhyiddin said there was also a need to assess infrastructure such as roads and bridges damaged by the floods and determine the immediate action to be taken.
"We need to ensure communication is not cut off between areas as it could adversely affect our economy," he said.
Muhyiddin said the data should be collected at the district level before being channelled to the state government, which would then forward it to the Federal Government.
He said only after it was known what needed to be done could the committee draw up a list and come up with an action plan and determine the cost needed to revive areas affected by the floods.
"There can be only one master list, not a Barisan list or a PAS list. We must set aside our political differences for the post-flood recovery process to take place smoothly and effectively," he said.
To a question if the exercise was set to affect the country's Budget, Muhyiddin said the Government would have to do some adjustments as it had not anticipated the floods to be so serious.
"We will have to take a second look at certain allocations. We also hope the private sector and non-governmental organisations can assist us in the recovery process, which is expected to cost significantly," he said.
Earlier, Bernama reported that Muhyiddin visited flood victims in Perak and looked at the situation in the remote orang asli settlement of Pos Kemar, Temengor in Gerik.
Muhyiddin, who arrived in a helicopter, spoke to the orang asli residents from Kampung Akai and surrounding villages cut off from the land route due to damaged roads, landslides and collapsed bridges caused by the flood.
Muhyiddin, accompanied by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, spent an hour looking at the situation there and viewed two bridges which had collapsed, namely Sungai Temengor Bridge between Kampung Jarau Baru and Kampung Jarau Lama and Lengweng Bridge between Kampung Kantong and Kampung Jarau Baru.
Pos Kemar has 15 villages including Kampung Bal, Kampung Senangit, Kampung Bada, Kampung Jarau Lama, Kampung Jarau Baru, Kampung Katong and Kampung Rantau, settled by orang asli from the Temiang tribe and has a total population of more than 4,000 residents from 975 families.