Datuk Seri Najib Razak (back, third from right) and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (front, second from left) meeting flood victims at Kampung Tanjung Putus, Permatang Pauh, Penang. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

PERMATANG PAUH: The massive floods which struck parts of Penang, has nevertheless left sweet memories for Hasnah Lajim.

This was after she go an opportunity to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today.

The 71-year-old flood victim from Tanjung Putus near here was grinning ear to ear after meeting the Prime Minister who visited the village’s surau as part of his visit to the flood-stricken state.

Catastrophic floods and landslides took place in Penang following downpour and gale-force winds which battered the state beginning 2pm on Saturday.

Hasnah said she was touched by Najib and his entourage waded through knee-high water to get to the surau and deliver aid to the 100 people who have taken shelter there.

“I was so happy that I had a chance to meet him. I was also shocked that not only Najib but I also managed to meet other politicians such as Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng,” she said.

She said seeing both the leaders was healthy politics, that despite their political difference and beliefs, are working hand in hand to help flood victims.

The mother of six said she had been staying at the Surau since day one of the floods and only plans to return to home in several days.

“I will call my children to help me to clean the house once the water recedes,” she said.

Najib, who arrived at about noon, spent some 10 minutes meeting villagers and distributing aid to about 20 flood victims who are among 100 people who had taken shelter at the Tanjung Putus surau, following the floods.

Also present were PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Umno welfare bureau chairman Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, as well as the State Federal Action Council chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman.

The northern region is bracing for a possible second wave of floods as the Meteorological Department had forecast downpour for the next one week.

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