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Saturday, January 08, 2005
Charity Begins in Tsunamied Aceh


Just look at the following articles and headlines, it looks like our PM must have been greatly affected following his survey of tsunami devastated Aceh. Following his survey of Aceh, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today that Malaysia is committed to assist in the reconstruction of Aceh. Malaysia will help to rebuild Aceh over next decade he added. Our deputy PM also echoes the PM's committment. The PM is reported as saying :: "The government is also prepared to help bear the education costs for 38,000 orphans of the tsunami and I have already discussed this with the Indonesian president." Of course, when he said the gomen is prepared to help and bear the costs, he really meant the Malaysian people; for he next said :: "Malaysia will continue to provide aid to the victims of the tsunami. Both the Malaysian government and the Malaysian people." Such sweet charity, such generosity, such compassion and magnanimity. Check out the links below for more details::

Our PM is be fully aware and subscribe to this quote by Jack London ::

A bone to the dog is not charity.

Charity is the bone shared with the dog,

when you are just as hungry as the dog.


Our PM and deputy PM's sweet charity and caring compassion know no bounds. Just check out what is in store for our local tsunami victims, for having been so generous in our desire to help in Aceh, we must also be aware that "Charity begins at home". And surely the local tsunami victims and survivors can expect no less from the PM and gomen. According to the NST, RM56 million [though more can be expected] have been collected for the Malaysian Tsunami Victims Fund and awaits distributions. Majority of the funds collected were reportedly by the following ::
"The New Straits Times leading with a whopping RM28.08 million followed by The Star (RM10 million), Utusan Malaysia (RM3.12 million and another RM450,360 for the Aceh Humanitarian Fund), The Sun (RM2.1 million), Sin Chew Jit Poh (RM1.4 million), Nanyang Siang Pau (RM1 million), China Press (RM400,000), Tamil Nesan (RM253,618), Nanban (RM150, 000) and other Chinese language newspapers collecting more than RM50,000.

But what's this, almost two weeks after 12/26, the National Disaster Management and Relief Committee Chairman, and our deputy PM too, says that the gomen would only announce 'Distribution From Tsunami Victims Fund On Monday'. And just hold on, on Monday the committee will only be meeting to decide the criteria for the distribution of aid to survivors of the tidal waves which killed 68 people in the country, it won't be distributing as yet. As for the second group of survivors, those whose houses were destroyed or damaged, they would receive contributions based on the assessment done on the directive of the Cabinet and this should be completed within three weeks. As for the third group, especially the fishermen, Najib said their damaged boats were being repaired by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and the gomen would make a contribution to them from the Victims Fund. For those who have lost their homes, transit houses were being built for them and would be ready in another week.
Our Human Resources Minister said on Saturday, that tsunami survivors or next of kin should apply to our generous Perkeso. They must know that they are eligible for benefits such as survivors pension, medical treatment costs and funeral expenses. This announcement by the MINIster may have come a bit late, but then it is 'better late than never'. So it looks like there will be no massive reconstruction and rebuilding for our own victims and no 'i will take care of all your education needs' for our orphans. Instead the PM wants the rakyat to understand the gomen's aid to other countries and that "Charity need not necessarily begin at home". He said :: "In our country, the number of people killed was not high, 68 deaths, compared to the other countries and the destruction here was also not that bad."




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