Friday, January 02, 2015

Floods reveal our failures

Noah (pbuh) didn't have the problems we are having.

Not unlike the people in Noah's time, we have the flood sent by Allah swt ... because of our wicked waywardness including our foot dragging in embracing hudud, this claim of course had been made by PAS Pasir Mas MP, Nik Mohamad Abduh son of Pak Haji Nik Aziz, former spiritual leader of the Islamic Party.

The buah langsat sure as hell (excuse my swearing) didn't fall far from the langsat tree because his dad too has similar amazing divine-endowed perception, once informing us in 2004, as reported by al Jazeera:

"... the Quran states that those who rally behind Islam are also those who want to live under divine laws laid down by Allah". And naturally, they will go to heaven for choosing an Islamic party, while those who support unislamic parties will logically go to hell."

The news report stated that Nik Aziz asserted he would continue to highlight that issue until just before election campaign starts, while the Election Commission warned that candidates who promise favours from God could lose their seats.

In the end, God must have had a change of mind because PAS did rather badly in the 2004 GE when AAB, the MCA-touted Bao Gong, won by a landslide.

But as mentioned above, Noah (pbuh) didn't have our problems today, both operational and political. And fortuitously the world today is not as 'flat' as it was eons ago so the effects of Nik Mohamad Abduh's perceived divine floods are not as global as it could have been.

But let me begin with the operational problems we Malaysians seem to be suffering from.

My uncles who were in the police and military told me that both the police and military (army, navy and air force) had contingency plans for floods because of the regularity of our annual deluge, especially during the NE Monsoon period (November to March) when the Trade Winds, after passing the very moist South China Sea, would bring heavy rainfall to our Peninsula east coasts.

The police and military plans were worked out, with years of real flood relief experience behind them, to the finest details, in fact to the nth degree of detail. Some simple examples were fuel dumps, rescue boats, equipment were pre-located and district rescue centres, heli landing pads identified way before the flooding seasons.

And those plans served the flood relief operations magnificently for years. They might not have been 100% perfect, and that was only to be expected of contingency plans because the extent and severity of floods caused by the NE Monsoons would invariably be different from year to year.

But nonetheless the basic plans were there, which facilitated most of the major considerations and requirements of the relief tasks. All the operators had to do was to amend and modify the plans as the situations developed or became clearer.

We had virtually one of the world's top flood relief operating system. We were then the experts in flood relief ops. 

But around the '80s, standards began dropping. Yes, one wonders what had happened over the last 30 years, and why? You worked it out.

The rest is history but a history that shows its bad side (and backside) today when the current flood relief operations, less than satisfactory, have been severely criticized.

Okay, the flooding today might have been more severe than most of the past annual happenings but it's not all that far off from the 1969 case. And we need to also consider that the Malaysian police and military have better assets and better meteorological information today than they did 45 years ago.

I'm going by the stories, experiences and opinions of my uncles who had served in the police and armed forces and who participated in flood relief operations then. If you have some stories or/and explanations for our problems today, please share them with us here.

On the political aspects I'm quite disgusted by the non-stop politicization of the floods. I'm not going to lay blame on any particular side of politics when both have been equally bad, nay, rotten.

But as a sad example of rabid attack dogs on the prowl for politicizing opportunities, DAP Perak economic development bureau chief Chong Zhemin, without verifying wrongful allegations by Daroyah Alwi the PKR Selangor state exco member for welfare, had wrongly attacked the Perak BN government for allegedly refusing Selangor's donation of 100 grand.

The PKR exco sweetie had been very naughty because today Selangor MB Azmin Ali put paid to that false allegation by confirming Perak had already accepted and acknowledged the Selangor cheque.

Chong Zhemin's shame was in attacking the other side of politics without checking the facts but would that be because he was just a wee too eager to believe in what the PKR exco sweetie alleged?

But other than the above silly over-eagerness, and mutual accusations of political leaders from both sides being away on holidays while the flood had worsened, I'd certainly lament the attempted 'recruitment' or more to the mark, the 'shanghaiing' of the Almighty into the flood blame-game.

If you don't know what 'shanghaiing' means, Wikipedia says it's "... the practice of kidnapping people to serve as sailors by coercive techniques such as trickery, intimidation, or violence".

Thus, sadly, even God was 'kidnapped' by trickery (lies in misrepresentation) to serve as an unwilling sailor on someone's ark of political opportunism in the Malaysian flood.

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  1. All that of what u want to say & didn't manage to spill out, for whatsoever reasons, can be sumed up by comparing the glaring consummate handling of the QZ8501 press conferences by Tony & the contemptuous lyings of the MH370 press fiascos by those over-glorified musical chair selectees!

    It shows CLEARLY how M'sia Maru has been badly managed since the invention of that ketuanan concept.

    From inherited a set of well thought-out governing system from the colonial master to the present mana-ada-system adhoc reactive after-thoughts, boosted by a continous supply of rhetoric tongkat crumbs.

    If this will bring us to develop nation by 2020, then the all-knowing ONE must have been playing a cruel joke on M'sia.

    1. Both MH370 and QZ8501 had been terrible tragedies but again please don't politicize the tragedies which is actually what you're doing, There is a humongous world of difference in those two accidents.

      Not taking anything away from Tony Fernandez' excellent PR, he has been dealing with better known information of an air crash while those handling the MH370 were confronted with a mystery and as clueless as everyone from Australia to the USA.

    2. What an easy way out for a cockaroo!!

      U look at these issues as politicization of tragedy, but deep down u know they r tragedies waiting to happen due to years of mismanagement!

      Do re-READ yr thought about causality - if there is no wind, how could the leaves flow in the air?

      U know it's PR & yet u want to divert to plane technicalities!

      Again, u dont know which of which comes first!

      During the initial phrase of tragedy, accurate infos & true human compassion provide the BEST comfort to the victim's next-of-kins. Nobody wants technical/scientific explanations. That can come when the investigation starts.

      So, again, compare what Tony's & those musical-chair selectee's PR, what gives?

      That's human transient capability to the top. That's why Tony, & many others, can be where they r NOW today, using many of their underlying scrupulous business manoeuvrings instinct!

      Whereas those monkeys can be where they r, simply bcoz of skin colour & cherry-picking within a limited talent cesspool.

      Nothing wrong with that IFF they confine their monkey acts within their own silo well. But when public lives r involved then, there is REALLY no true justice.

      Back to what Golgotha succinctly narrated, that for the powerless and dispossessed, divine retribution is a kind of last hope of justice for believers, especially in cases where the guilty parties are so powerfully entrenched that there is virtually no possibility of obtaining justice, in This world.

  2. Rumour has it Rosmah is Missing in Action....

  3. KT would be more convincing if he could provide the dates and times for Daroyah and Chong's allegations and Perak's accetance.

    - huaren

    1. huaren, read

  4. Now there may be a Supra-Malay-Muslim Unity Government in Kelantan in the interest "flood recovery" you know......

  5. Wow, what a polemical write? Prophet Noah and the animal analogy are indeed KT’s invective and fabrication about the priesthood caste and PAS? Am I not right to read ‘the naughty rabbit’ without pronouncing the word ‘t’? Wakakaka…

    You are indicating that the priesthood caste/PAS, a baiter and compiler of the hudud /syariah laws/Islamic country is a threat to Malaysian safety and peace, perhaps the world peace?

    Are they not comparable to the woodpecker drilling holes on Noah’s ark? So, if Noah was to stop the woodpecker, his live will be saved along with the lives of other passengers? If Noah let the woodpecker to carry on, laissez-faire, and connive at its individuality, they all will drown? Wakakaka…

    I think KT is depicting the east-coast flood to illustrate PAS political and operational failures, thus, the title of the post should be “Floods reveals PAS failures”? As they sail away... Oh, crap! Was that TODAY?: Said the dugong. Wakakaka…

    However, KT is right to mention that the effects of Nik Muhammad Abduh’s perceived divine floods are not as global as it could have been. In Noah’s flood God gave Noah the ‘wahyu’ to start building the ship about two years before the flood happened. The floods lasted for about six months.

    By the way, Noah’s ark was about a mile long and half-a-mile wide; should be enough to accommodate the Chihuahuas, poodles, beagles, etc… After all, they are useful to check on the rabbits and the woodpeckers, aren’t they? Wakakaka! Oh… am I having too much of KT’s mock margaritas? Wakakaka again...

    - hasan

    1. It's also conceivable that the ark was the first nuclear powered vessel
      in the world !

  6. What's this pbuh thingyy ?
    'Potong" already kah ?

  7. God has often been blamed by politicians for many disasters and tragedies in Malaysia, often for self -serving purposes.
    It also serves legal purposes, because authorities and/or companies cannot be held legally liable for an Act of God.
    Highland Towers, Genting landslide, etc
    EtC. all Acts of God.
    Semi Value's favourite term.I believe he may have a very interesting conversation when he ge5to meet his maker.