Malaysia floods: 'Visiting Kuala Krau felt like being cut off from world'

KUALA LUMPUR - Visiting the flood relief centres in Kuala Krau where people have been evacuated due to rising waters feels like being cut off from the rest of the world, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

"We were only there for four hours. Yet, we felt cut off from the rest of the world," he said while relating his experience.

Areas such as Kuala Krai and Gua Musang, which saw serious flooding, he said, were also facing disruptions in telecommunications.

Liow said during his visit to Temerloh, he had witnessed flood waters as high as 3m.

"The whole town is submerged in water. It has been five days yet the waters are not receding," he told reporters at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

On Tuesday, Liow went there with vital food supply for villagers in Kerdau and Kuala Krau, Pahang, after heavy flooding made roads im­passable. The only way into the area was via a single railway track.

In a web conference, Liow also spoke to MCA's Pahang Crisis Relief Squad chief Datuk Chang Hong Seong, who reported that Pekan district was already beginning to flood with waters rising to almost 0.7m.

Chang said people in Pekan were also bracing themselves for the third wave of floods, adding that Crisis Relief Squad of MCA (CRSM) had already started moving food and water.

Pointing out that flood victims in Pahang had risen to 51,000, he said flood relief centres were facing a shortage of medicine, cleaning utensils, mattresses and blankets.

Later, Liow appealed to Malaysians to provide aid in the form of money and supplies to show solidarity and support for all flood victims.

Companies in China, he said, were also chipping in to support MCA's relief efforts, giving nearly RM1mil.

"We are touched by this gesture," said Liow.

Also present at the event was Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang, who said that his government was concerned for Malaysians affected by the floods.

"China wishes to stand by Malaysia. We will not allow Ma­­laysians to face such challenges alone," he said, promising as much relief assistance from China as possible.

With the help of local and Chinese companies, the CRSM had managed to collect over RM2mil worth of supplies and funds.

Those wishing to contribute can visit the party's 24-hour operation centre at Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang.