KUANTAN (Bernama) – The mud flood that hit the Bertam Valley and Ringlet in Cameron Highlands late Wednesday evening claiming three lives so far should make the people realise the importance of forest conservation and respect for the environment, said Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.
He said that though the state government had taken various measures to prevent a recurrence of the mud flood after the incident last year, it was sad that there had been another calamity.
“All the relevant parties – TNB (Tenaga Nasional Berhad), the district office and the police – were prepared to face the flood and they had performed their tasks well.
“The state government will try to help in every possible way, including giving financial assistance and evacuating victims, in lessening the people’s burden.
“However, for the long term, there is nothing much that can be done now as most of the areas have been taken up by settlers with haphazard development and the forest stripped bare,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after accompanying the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Sultanah, Hajah Kalsom, to the 1436 Maal Hijrah celebration at the Silver Jubilee Hall yesterday.
Also present were Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman, State Secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail and state executive councillors.
Adnan was asked to comment on the mud flood and landslide in Ringlet, Cameron Highlands, which occurred late Wednesday afternoon, resulting in three people killed and more than 100 residents evacuated.