Someone pointed out to me that this is what PM DS Najib Razak had been doing a day before he went to US on Sunday, Dec 21.
Najib Visits Flood Victims At SMK Gudang Rasau
The flood situation took a drastic turn for the worse just after he left.
PM DS Najib Razak is so heartless that he doesn't care about the flood victims.
Seriously, does he?
Well, that seems to be the way he is being portrayed these past few days.
Almost everybody went like - Najib is such an uncaring person that he abandoned his duties during a national catastrophe to play golf with US president Barrack Obama.
Well, if I am not mistaken, the flood had been going on for one or two weeks before he went to US.
It was relatively stable until the past three days when it drastically worsen.
I don't believe Najib would had gone to US if he knew things would turned out this badly.
For that I blame those who were supposed to brief him on such a possibility.
Anyway, as pointed out by a commenter in my previous post, Najib could not have gone to US just to play golf with Obama.
There is definitely something important he needed to discuss with Obama and I would like to believe that it's in the interest of Malaysia.
Now they are portraying him as if he is some sort of a Marcos with an evil wife Imelda played by Rosmah Mansor.
There were even stories such as how the controversial 1MDB being a money making vehicle of Rosmah and her favorite boy Jho Low.
Well, so much for Najib's effort to be a moderate liberal PM of Malaysia.
That's just too bad for him.
Anyway, does Najib even looked like Marcos or any other heartless dictator?
Well, he is coming back today.
Hopefully he has a good plan not just on how to further improve the handling of the flood but also a better strategy to defend his administration.
But of course the attacks will continue.
Okay, let me be clear here, I am not a big fan of Najib myself and I am not among the so-called bangang Umno-paid bloggers.
Anyone who has regularly been reading this blog should noticed that I criticized Najib and his administration quite regularly over matters which I feel should had been better handled.
Najib is not in any way close to being the kind of PM that I wish Malaysia have now.
But I also believe in being fair to him.
If we want to criticize him, I believe we must do so based on the way he and his administration handle things, instead of attacking his personality like what most people are doing now over the flood.
That for me is being unfair.
Well, in case you think I'm writing this because I have been bought by the Najib's media handlers, then go and check with them if they even know who I am.
Okay, one of them knows who I am, but he is definitely not paying me to defend his boss.
Anyway, I still think they are a bunch of not so smart people (or idiots, if you prefer me to put it that way)
Having said that, based on reports that I have been monitoring, I think the handling of the flood has not been so bad thus far.
Considering the massive scale of the disaster, it's really not so bad.
Yes, there were harrowing stories of drownings and people being trapped and ran out of water, food and other essential.
But I believe the rescuers and relief workers were well prepared and are doing their best.
Before we criticized them, we must bared in mind that they were being hampered by bad weather and other unpredictable elements.
It's not as if they were unprepared or not committed to their job.
This is after all the worst flood for this country in 30 years.
Things don't always run very smoothly during such a massive disaster.
Considering that, I believe the authorities are doing relatively good.
For that, I think the Najib's administration did well by learning from what happened in the past, particularly the surprisingly very bad flood which hit especially Kuantan and Kemaman last year.
This time the rescue and relief effort seems to be better prepared and executed.
Well, I know that in politics, anything goes....at least that's what being preached and practiced by most politicians in this country.
We, the non-politicians unfortunately tend to excuse them for that attitude.
That's the ugly truth about politics in this country.
But I believe we can be better than that.
I don't think we should for instance tolerate people who use the suffering of the flood victims to influence public sentiments in order to accomplish their political agenda.