Sunday, November 8, 2009

Annual event at the East Coast

It is not the Monson Cup, it is not the bycycle race, it is not F1, it is the annual flood hitting East Coast every year.

The most affected states, Kelantan and Trengganu, has been badly hit by Monson flood evey end of year.

The two states are the wealthiest in terms of petroleum production, however, the 2 states are the poorest in West Malaysia.

The Federal government is surviving with a total of 46% contribution from petroleum products via the State owned Petronas. Without petroleum output from the 2 states, the federal government will be running at higher deficit than what we have for the past 10 years.

But what Malaysian do to thank the 2 states, of which has been contributing far more than other states in West Malaysia combined?


The state of Kelantan is governed by PAS, an opposition party at the federal level for the past 14 years. It is perfectly understandable from the federal ruling regime point of view since Kelantan people chosen their rival to rule the state, hence there should be no effort to stop the flood from happening.

But what about Trengganu? Trengganu is governed by none other than Barisan Nasional, and the Menteri Besar is from UMNO, the most influencial component party within the ruling regime.

There were money spent to build the Islam Hadari Park in Trengganu; the were million spent to build a crystal mosque in Trengganu; there were Monson Cup which spent millions each year; there were million ringgit stadium in Trengganu which collapsed within a year after it is built.

But there's not enough to spend on irrigation, channeling excessive rain brought in by North-east Monson every year.

Should all these be re-prioritized, the 2 states may not need to suffer losses in life and wealth of helpless residents.

The question is: why this has been happening for the past 52 years after indepedent and nothing can be done while millions and billions go to projects bringing no direct benefits to the state resudents?

Is there a master plan to prevent this from happening? I doubt.

Some 3,000 years ago, in ancient China, Emperor Yu(大禹) spent years to solve floods from threatening lives of his people.

Why Emperor Yu can do something and we, 3,000 years later, with advanced science and technology, the annual Monson flood remain unsolvable?

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