Storm victims will be assisted, says Dr Mahathir

LANGKAWI (Bernama) – Malaysia’s Prime Minsiter Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said the government will assist disaster victims in the country, including those affected by the storm which wreaked havoc in several areas in northern Peninsular Malaysia last Friday.

He said, however, the financial situation of the government would be taken into account when rendering such assistance.

“We should only spend what we can. If we spend money we don’t have, we will face financial problems,” he said, adding that the previous government had spent plenty of funds “but now the people who need to pay the debts are us, not them”.

Dr Mahathir commended the quick and early action of agencies concerned in reaching out to victims of last Friday’s natural disaster, believed to have been caused by the tail end of Typhoon Lekima and which affected the whole of Langkawi.

He said this to reporters after attending a Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration at the Al Huda Mosque in Padang Matsirat with residents from the area.

Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Ayer Hangat assemblyman Juhari Bulat.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad presents Korban meat to a recipient during the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration at the Al Huda Mosque in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi. – BERNAMA