Let 2014 Be A History Not An Experiment
Malaysians are going through a state of realisation that having ego can never safe you from nature disaster. Humanity is the core for our survival. It is obviously devastating to see how floods have ruined the country, infrastructure and the nation. At the forefront are the thousands of villagers who lost their homes and those who lost their lives in the disaster. Now we are moving towards recovering.
69,000 rubber smallholders and up to 50,000 oil palm planters whose plantations are submerged. They are suffering a loss in income while a lengthy submersion in water can damage the oil palm trees, adding to the cost.
There are about 150,000 farmers and livestock breeders with destroyed paddy fields and vegetable plots, drowned livestock and swamped fish ponds in east coast state of Kelantan alone.The total damage to property and infrastructure in all the affected states is still being tallied but already the cost is close to RM1bil.
This comprises RM350mil to repair damaged schools in five states, RM200mil in property damage, RM100mil to repair roads in Kelantan, RM132mil to repair roads in Terengganu and RM96mil to repair 93 collapsed hillslopes along the damaged roads in four states.
Poeple here are slowly rebuilding their lives, in the wake of one of the worst ever floods Malaysia has faced. A lorry driver Magendran, 35, said all of us are affected here and almost 23,000 to 24,000 people are evacuated in the city. We are lacking of food, clothes andsti worst ll it’s being very cold at especially night. We are just worried and concern about the children. “But things are slowly subsiding and now we are back home and yes cleaning up all over again.”
The nations who are not affected by the flood will be also facing a crisis. Vegetable prices are increasing due to damage to crops by the floods. With many roads also cut off by the floods, produce has become scarce. However, the Government is trying to address the shortage by importing more vegetables. The chances are high for prices of vegetables increasing by between 20% and 50% with many vegetable traders saying they were struggling to obtain supplies.
Vegetable trader in Selangor said, “The disaster has also affected us here because we partially depending stocks from north. Either the crops are destroyed or transportation to bring them over is being a major problem. The prices of various vegetables, especially those imported from Cameron Highlands, have increased by at least 20%.”
VKS Vegetables supplier Murugesan said tomatoes had increase from RM3 to RM4.50 per kg, not leaving behind cucumber and French beans had raised from RM0.80 to RM3 per kg and RM6 to RM9 per kg.
In Selayang market, prior to the floods, Came¬ron Highlands round cabbage sold at RM1.50 per kg but it was now RM3.Fresh red chillies, meanwhile, had rocketed from between RM8 and RM10 per kg to between RM14 and RM15. The supply of food in states badly affected by the floods is expected to be fully restored within two weeks, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek.
iTimes hope that business owners, suppliers do not take advantage on this pathetic situation and trouble the people more. We pray for quick recovery of the nation and things back to normal. Let 2014 remain as a history not prolong as an experiment in 2015.