The sudden flash floods that hit several parts of the country in mid-December 2021 remained fresh in our memories as people had not only lost their belongings, but precious lives too.
After the disaster, residents of Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam are now filing a lawsuit against the government and other authorities for their negligence in the flash floods.
According to MalaysiaGazette, NGO Otai Reformis 1998 (Otai) have not ruled out the possibility of dragging the Federal Government, Selangor State Government and its agencies to court, following the losses and loss of life.
Its secretary, Abdul Razak Ismail said the suit is taken on behalf of of more than 100 residents of Taman Sri Muda on the civil action of ‘tort’ due to the negligence of the authorities which have resulted in the loss of property and lives.
“NGO Otai Reformis 1998 were contacted by the residents and have arranged a briefing for a form of compensation claim against the authorities through the law firm of Messrs. Raj & Sach.”
“This civil lawsuit will be filed in court in the next 2 weeks at the latest,” he said.
Abdul Razak added that the cash assistance given by the Federal Government and the State Government of RM10,000 for each household is not sufficient in comparison to the losses incurred by flood victims.
“It is too little to cover the loss of property worth tens or hundreds of thousands of ringgit in the floods.” he claimed.
He also said that the civil claim will be a reference in the future so that the authorities will be better prepared to face floods in the future.
“Floods like this are expected to occur every year as Malaysia is a tropical rain country that often receives heavy rains at the end of the year,” he added.
Taman Sri Muda is one of the worst-hit areas by the flash floods with 9 lives lost.
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