Sharkar said the RM5,000 will be vital in helping flood victims to get back on their feet.
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The recent floods which affected several states have caused many victims to suffer ‘total loss’ in damages.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said many victims who were affected the most are those who live near rivers.
Speaking to Umno Online, he said this was because the water current rose so fast that the victims did not have time to save their belongings.
After the flood had receded, many of their belongings were damaged to an extent that they can be neither recovered nor repaired for further use.
Sharkar, who is also the Temerloh UMNO division head, said it is very difficult for victims to recover financially from the disaster.
The reason is that the Covid-19 pandemic, which weakened the global economy, has not yet ended.
More Money To The People
Sharkar offered a suggestion to the government on how to help the flood victims.
In my opinion, it is appropriate for the Federal Government and the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to consider a special assistance of RM5,000 for each family affected by the floods this time.Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin on monetary aid for flood victims
He said this is because most of the victims are low-income groups and need government assistance to restore their lives.
With the RM5,000, they will be able to buy damaged household appliances such as electric rice cookers, televisions, washing machines and even refrigerators.
For the record, the federal government had announced cash aid of RM1,000 for each household affected by the floods.
State governments are also chipping in, such as Pahang which is handing out RM500 to every affected household.
Sharkar also expressed confidence that the victims would be prudent in spending the money in order to rebuild their lives.
What is important is that the government should immediately help the people to recover.Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin on the gravity of the situation
Sharkar, who is also the Pahang Tourism and Culture Committee chairman, added that megaprojects such as the 5G project should be postponed.
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By doing so, the government can focus fully on helping the flood victims, said Sharkar.