27 September 2017
APM: Allegations not true
In her posting, the woman wrote: “Ini adalah makanan untuk mangsa banjir, taugeh dan sardin untuk hari ni. #sedih sangat. Apa reaksi anda? (This is food for flood victims, bean sprouts with sardine for today. very sad. What is your reaction?)”
Attached with the post was a photo of packed rice with canned sardine and bean sprouts.
However, instead of getting sympathy from netizens, the woman was heavily criticised for being ungrateful.
The woman’s posting had also attracted criticisms from flood victims in other states including evacuees of one of the worst floods in Johor a decade ago.
Malaysian authorities clarify flood victim’s FB post of ‘very sad’ bean sprouts, sardine meal
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Flood victims at relief centres in Perlis, Malaysia are not just served bean sprouts and sardine for meals, said Perlis Civil Defence Force Malaysia (APM) director Lieutenant-Colonel Ishak Mohd Radzi.
Denying the allegations shared on Facebook by a woman claiming to be an evacuee at SK Bintang, Col Ishak said each meal included rice, chicken, meat and fish along with fresh ingredients.
“We will try to give them the best we can,” he said when contacted by The Star newspaper on Tuesday (Sept 26).
Perlis Welfare Department director Mohammad Hazam Ismail said they understood and empathised with all the flood victims.
“We also met with the woman who posted the complaint and we have settled it amicably,” he said.
Mr Mohammad Hazam clarified that on Sunday, they had prepared food for 2,000 flood evacuees in the state but had a last-minute request for more food for another 500 victims.
“We prepared 2,500 packs of rice with fish curry but we realised that it wasn’t enough. That is why we used sardine as we had no choice and due to time constraints we had to make sure all evacuees got their lunch,” he said.
“Only 20 per cent of the evacuees were served rice with canned sardines while the rest were served fish. In fact for dinner, they were served chicken.”
Mr Mohammad Hazam added that evacuees were also given other food such as biscuits and instant noodles.
He added that food was also prepared and distributed to victims who were not staying at the centres.