KUALA LUMPUR (dpa) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was under fire at home Thursday for spending his holiday golfing with US President Barack Obama in Hawaii while the country faces one of its worst floods. More than 91,000 people have been displaced, the official news agency Bernama reported.
Netizens bombarded Najib’s Facebook page with calls for him to return home and deal with the disaster after news reports surfaced about him playing golf with Obama.
Najib’s latest Facebook post Thursday, in which he mentioned that he has contacted his deputy, who is also the chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee, to step up efforts to assist the victims, received over 1,300 comments. Many took issue with him playing golf during the floods.
Bernama reported that as of noon Thursday, over 91,000 people have fled their homes and were staying in the hundreds of shelters set up in the six states most affected.
The east coast states that face the South China Sea such as Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang were the worst hit. Many roads were cut off and train services to the east coast states were cancelled.
Kelantan saw the highest number of displaced victims at over 32,000 people. Part of the main hospital in the capital, Kota Bharu, had to be evacuated on Wednesday involving about 200 patients, according to the Harian Metro daily.