|PM: Helping tsunami victims |
tops Government's priority
KEPALA BATAS: Helping local tsunami victims will be the Government’s priority although the country did not suffer severely when compared with Aceh and Sri Lanka, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
The Prime Minister said the Government was committed to helping fishermen whose livelihood had been badly affected when their boats were damaged or had sunk after tidal waves pounded the country’s shorelines.
“I am thankful to God that our country has been spared although we lost 68 lives. The degree of our sufferings is incomparable with those reported in Aceh and Sri Lanka.
“However, it is the Government’s priority to help local fishermen so that they can go out to sea as soon as possible,” he said before presenting aid to 1,116 fishermen in the Kuala Muda fishing village here today.
Abdullah, who is also Kepala Batas Umno division chairman, presented RM300 to each fisherman. The money is from the division’s relief fund.
On top of that, fishermen whose boats were damaged or destroyed received RM3,000 each from Abdullah. As for the sampan owners, they received RM1,000 each.
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