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‘Assistance’ for Bukit Antarabangsa landslide victims. Can it be more ridiculous?


KUALA LUMPUR: Residents affected by last Saturday’s landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa have decided to sue the relevant government authorities for compensation.

A taskforce set up to represent residents affected by the landslide feels it has enough grounds to sue as the authorities failed to act in time to avert the tragedy that has taken four lives so far.

(Source: The Star Online🙂

What this reminds you?

Arrogance.

Snobbish.

Previously, I decided not to share my personal opinion on this matter,  although many people blogging about it, but after reading the above news I must say this.

Serve them right! They fucking deserve the calamity! (Damn I feel better after saying that.)

Why?

1. They should have been aware of the many tragedies involving developments on hillslopes – Highland Towers collapse, Pos Dipang mudslide, Taman Hillview landslide,  Precint 9 Putrajaya landslide,  Bukit Lanjan landslide – how many more examples we need?? Yet they choose the very place to stay and live in danger.

2. They are rich enough to move from the risky area or find other altenatives but they choose to stay. It is not like they have no choice, too poor to make other plans to move to safer grounds.

Quoting Balajoe:

The rich and wealthy chose to take the risk and lived on the hills, very well knowing of the danger of landslides and yet when tragedy happens, all blames points to the developer and local authorities. But what about the buyers themselves? Are they going to pay for the rescue operations that have been mounted using public funds?

The residents already know that the slope was not stable 2 years ago and all they chose to do was to complaint to the authorities. What they expected the authorities to do? Spend millions of ringgit from public funds stabilising the slope so that some rich dudes could live higher than the rest of us and show off his richness? Serves them right!

It is funny how suddenly these victims have extra special attentions given to them. I don’t remember reading any of these during many other similar disasters or tragedies happening in Malaysia before.

1. Special postal service

Pos Malaysia sets up service counter

PETALING JAYA: Pos Malaysia has set up a service counter at the landslide evacuation centre in SK Hulu Klang for residents affected by the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide.

The service offered includes receiv­ing and sending mail, documents and parcels, and providing logistic support for those affected by evacuation.

2. Special shuttle service

MPAJ starts shuttle service for residents

KUALA LUMPUR: A shuttle service has been introduced to provide transport for Bukit Antarabangsa residents affected by the landslide.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the Ampang Jaya Munical Council (MPAJ) started providing the service yesterday using four-wheel drive vehicles.

Service co-ordinator ASP Alhamdu Sehat said that the shuttle from the operations centre was to facilitate residents who wanted to return to their homes to retrieve their personal belongings or to take out their vehicles from the cordoned off area.

“With the shuttle service, residents need not walk 30 mi­­nutes from the operations centre to their homes,” he told Bernama.

3. Special financial scheme – Loan deferment

Maybank offers financial relief scheme for landslide victims

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank yesterday announced a special financial relief scheme for its customers and employees who were affected by the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide.

President and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said in a press statement that customers with consumer, automobile financing and business loans would be given a deferment of monthly instalment payment to up to six months on a case-by-case basis.

4. Free hotel rooms. (This takes the cake!)

Hotel rooms for evacuees
By DHARMENDER SINGH

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will look into providing free hotel rooms for Bukit Antarabangsa residents who have been evacuated from their homes but have no friends or relatives they can move in with.

Disgusting. Especially when you read stuffs like the government is trying to get hotel rooms for those involved the in tragedy, free mamak food provided, fast fix for water and electricity supplies, army building emergency roads, helicopters providing flights mercy daily, to the point it sounds more like pampering than giving assistance.

With due respect, I cannot imagine the same ‘assistance’ given to the victims if the tragedy happened elsewhere, not in Bukit Antarabangsa – the playing for the rich and famous.

I don’t remember reading such assistance given to the victims or seeing big shots visiting when mudslide tragedy happened in Pos Dipang, Kampar killing 38 people and destroyed the whole village. Most of the time, the victims will be placed in some schools for temporary shelter, but hotel??? You must be joking!

Fuck it. Save our money for better use than to compensate these people. Pak Lah, don’t be stupid to suggest any compensation. I will not donate a single cent to these people.

And yes, the blame game has begin!

ps: Kalau takut dipukul ombak, jangan berumah di tepi pantai. You continue the rest.

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11 Responses to “‘Assistance’ for Bukit Antarabangsa landslide victims. Can it be more ridiculous?”

  1. LadyBird wrote on Dec 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    nampak sangat diskriminasi kan?! golongan yang berpendapatan rendah bila kene musibah, layan ala kadar jer tapi bila golongan yang ‘mampu’ musibah, bukan main lagi tukang pengampu tampil diri hulur bantuan. hipokrit konkrit betul lah camniii.. :mrgreen:

    patutlah blog ko selalu kenak ‘kiss’ deng sebab isik kandungan nya sungguh sinis,pedas serta padat. bagus bagus ailaikkkkk…idup bonggg 😀

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  2. atreyu strange wrote on Dec 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    ahaa. agreed. come on, someone else need money more than they do. it’s not as though their bank account got robbed or anything. :vangry:

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  3. KNizam wrote on Dec 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    aku paling x puas pasal hotel tuh la. memang agak la melampau :down:

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  4. A One Whom Trapped wrote on Dec 12, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Dear Folks, to some extend I do undrstand your frustration. However, if you truly aware the whole situation, don’t just shout for empty without knowing the reality.The landslide has been totally damaged the ONLY access for the upper stream residents where nearly 10K of the medium class income family was trapped. There are 3 big blocks of apartments & 5 housing areas with houses.The media has not be making it clear unless you are there by your very own eyes. Yes, I do agreed with you , the set up of Fundings exercise is a real stupid act as the rich & famous never need a single cent of it , yet ever you aware the rest whom trapped ?? Thus , i do wish you folks have a closer glance & before you made up your conclusion. Thanks to the medias whom has not been transparently make a wide reporting , adding on the facilities extended was not benefits to the residents where we do need to walk almost 1KM to rescue ourselves.The victims are mostly rich, but the affected group of ppl need to carry our living,anyone bother to know? The authorities has been sending many forces to “help” but it seem to be an Outing for them with free makan , yet sitting around looking at us without entending their helping hands, while congesting the areas with low hygenic alert.Many arm forces are stations at the surroundings but mainly for display purpose at time for the Menteri’s & Big Shots publicity during their visit to the sites.
    Who would have care of those whom trapped …..I share the same frustration , while the authorities were making lots of statement, yet merely action & result may benefit us.

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  5. bongkersz wrote on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Michelle,

    Perhaps you need to read again. I was ridiculing their intention to sue the authorities and ‘special’ assistance that is given to them, and if you realise, I was actually mocking the government and authorities with their great ‘suggestions’ and ways to help the affected residents.

    You are right that they need to carry their living. They don’t need financial assistance. What they need is and rescue assistance properly rendered, medication attention, counselling and answers.

    I yet to touch on the upper stream residents, trapped with no access out from the area. Bungling operations and messy coordination are common traits of our authorities, do we need to highlight that again?

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  6. bongkersz wrote on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Aku tak puas hati dengan CPO Selangor tu. Ada patut cakap rescuers tak cukup training? Training apa yang ko perlukan untuk tolong orang korek tanah, tarik mangsa yang tertimbus? :vangry:

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  7. bongkersz wrote on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:27 am

    ko memang terer ladybird, paham apa yang aku sampaikan. aku bukan mengutuk orang kaya, (adalah sikit..) tetapi cara gahmen buat kerja. pengampu ada di mana-mana, kan banyak lord-lord tinggal di B.A mestilah buat sikit connection, kerja.

    haha! ikan bilis jer…

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  8. kenn leandre wrote on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:40 am

    cant agree more, Bong. was about to write about it, but u beat me to it. =P

    another thing i want to point out is, the knee jerk reaction, that people kept asking to stop hillside projects.

    withour realizing millions being put to these projects.

    what about people who have paid for these houses that’s being built? what if its stopped immediately, and stuff.

    the place in Bkt Antarabangsa has been nearly 20 years there. accidents bound to happen. Its an act of God. Plus the current rainy season. surely its a huge factor too.

    some rich people tend to be big headed when stuff like this is supposed to bring them back down to earth (literally!)

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  9. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Dec 13, 2008 at 4:03 am

    biasa la bong…org kt BA tuh aku rasa ramai org2 yg ada kepentingan dalam kerajaan beb..as simple as that

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  10. ReenaShafiee wrote on Dec 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    “Kalau takut dipukul ombak, jangan berumah di tepi pantai”

    …Kalau takut dikambus tanah, apa susah sue gomen jer ler….-BA residents-

    Bravo dude, I couldn’t agree more.

    Instead of letting them suing the gov, the authorities should consider to sue those BA residents for jeopardizing their own family’s safety.

    It’s sad, some people are just too snobbish to admit they were wrong to believe BA is plush and safe residential area.

    Kudos for their high level of arrogance and stupidity..

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  11. bongkersz wrote on Dec 17, 2008 at 8:38 am

    When in trouble, pointing fingers seems to be the natural thing to do. All parties must take the blame, but more important now is to focus on doing things to return them to normal livelihood, not finding faults.

    Thanks for dropping by Reena. Saw your blog. A big fan of Heroes eh? 😛

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