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Friday, January 07, 2005
Tsunami Aid



Tsunami aid from many helpful and concerned countries have tsunamied in after the initial trickle where the US of A started with a miserly USD15 mil. Criticism of 'scroogey' Bush by the UN brought out a more charitable US especially after other countries started pledging more than her.
So far official aid pledges have snowballed and the latest are as follows ::

Australia :: US$764 million
Germany :: US$674 million
Japan :: US$500 million
United States :: US$350 million.
Asian Development Bank :: US$325 million
World Bank :: US$250 million
Norway :: US$183 million
France :: US$103 million
Britain :: US$96 million
Italy :: US$95 million
Sweden :: US$80 million
Spain :: US$68 million
Canada :: US$67 million
Denmark :: US$66 million
China :: US$61 million
Taiwan :: US$50 million
South Korea :: US$50 million
European Union :: US$40 million
Netherlands :: US$34 million
Switzerland :: US$23 million
Belgium :: US$16 million
Ireland :: US$14 million
Portugal :: US$11 million
Austria :: US$11 million
Luxembourg :: US$6.8 million
Finland :: US$6 million
New Zealand :: US$3.6 million
Singapore :: US$ 3 million
Greece :: US$1.34 million
Hungary :: US$1.2 million
Poland :: US$1.0 million.
Saudi Arabia :: US$30 million
Qatar :: US$25 million
United Arab Emirates :: US$20 million
Kuwait :: US$10 million
Algeria :: US$2 million
Bahrain :: US$2 million
Libya :: US$2 million
Turkey :: US$1.25 million.
Michael Schumacher :: US$10 million
Taiping Prison Residents :: US$793.68
Petronas Oil Advisor :: ______

Looks pretty obvious which are the stingy countries now. Why is the OIC chairman, who happens also to be the Malaysian PM, silent on rallying the rich but stingy members to come out with more aid.
The other point is that pledges are just pledges and are only good when they are honoured. Remember TELEJantung, SUKOM, Bob Geldof & Band Aid etc. See also this article :: A tidal wave of hypocrisy in the Times. See also this article in the Independent :: £2.2bn pledged: but will the world deliver this time?


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