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File picture shows people wading through ankle-deep water along Macalister Road in George Town November 5, 2017. — Picture by KE OoiFile picture shows people wading through ankle-deep water along Macalister Road in George Town November 5, 2017. — Picture by KE OoiGEORGE TOWN, Nov 22 — Penang received the least from the RM234.8 million disbursed by the federal government for flood mitigation since 2013, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

He referred to a reply to his oral question in Parliament by Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who listed out the details of flood aid given to all states between 2013 and September 2017.

“Penang only received RM35,500 since 2013, which is only 0.01 per cent of the total payment of RM234.8 million disbursed to all states,” he said.

The sum was also the least given to any state, and the next lowest was RM167,000 allocated to the Federal Territories, he said.

He said neighbouring Kedah received RM4.02 million while Perlis also got RM217,500, and Selangor was given RM4.66 million.

“We want to know why Penang received the least aid from the federal government,” he said.

Lim reiterated his call for the federal government to announce a payment of at least RM500 to each of those affected by the floods in the state on November 5.

“We are not asking for the state government, we are asking for the flood victims,” he said.

In the reply by Shahidan, it was stated that the RM500 was only given to those affected by the floods due to the Northeast Monsoon.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department stated that the payment was not given to those affected by flash floods.

He also said the federal government will consider a payment of RM500 for those affected by the September 15 floods in Penang.

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