I visited the victims in Malacca yesterday (Sunday 24th December 2006). One of the sites was based at Bukit Katil. It was not a sight to be proud of, but victims and helpers made the best of what they had and tried to make life bearable without what they were used to having.
Many victims told me of their unfortunate flood experience, which was the first in their lives.
It is an irony when the victims highlighted shortage of water at the centre.
Another irony would be the RM104 million spent on works in upgrading the rivers in Malacca. Much went to “beautifying” them instead of effort and resources toward a better water management project to prepare for any eventuality. The same may be said about almost all the states in Malaysia. In addition, the harmony between rapid development and environment had not posed as the topmost priority issue to be vigorously pursued by some states and federal government projects.
One family had to celebrate Christmas at the centre. I thought perhaps a Christmas tree would cheer them up instantly.
I will try to upload the pictures…