By Athi ShankarALOR STAR: Kedah Gerakan has urged the Pakatan Rakyat state government to take pre-emptive steps against any outbreak of waterborne diseases in the wake of the recent floods in the state.
Kedah Gerakan chairman Dr Cheah Soon Hai said the PAS-helmed government should issue immediate directives to health authorities to monitor the affected areas.
He said the state government should instruct health officials to work closely with the flood-affected residents to ensure only clean and hygienic water was supplied to them.
He said Gerakan was concerned with the welfare and health of the people.
“We don't want an outbreak of diseases like diarrhoea and dysentery,” the Derga state sssemblyman said in a statement today.
Like neighbouring Perlis, Kedah was badly hit by floods due to the recent heavy downpour. Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Pokok Sena, Padang Terap and Pendang were among the districts badly affected forcing more than 30,000 to be evacuated to relief centres.
The situation had started to improve this week.
People upset with poor response
Meanwhile, Cheah also called on the state government to instruct the rural, city or municipal councils to deploy more workers to clear up the debris and clean up the affected areas.
He claimed that feedback revealed that people were upset with the state government’s poor handling of the flood situation so far.
On another issue, he slammed the state government for concealing its administrative weaknesses by blaming the federal government for the recent 27% water tariff hike in Kedah.
He chided Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak’s administration for play-acting as powerless to decide on the water rate increase.
“We are puzzled by the spin. Only a few days ago, the state government announced a one-month 30% discount for water usage in flood affected areas. Now it claims to have no power,” he said.
“When the state government thinks a policy is bad, it blames the federal government. When a policy is good, it self-praises for making it happen,” he added.
He said the state government's main agenda was to create confusion so that the people would misunderstand the Barisan Nasional federal government.