As Terengganu experiences its worst flooding in years, some politicians have gone down to the scene themselves to offer aid, including Deputy of Terengganu State Executive Councillor Maliaman Kassim.
In a video that has gone viral on Twitter, Maliman was forced to turn back after water levels had reached a dangerous point and subsequently inundated the lorry in which he was using to send supplies.
He was later transported to another boat and left the lorry behind as he was taken to a safer place.
Unfortunately, this didn’t sit well with netizens, who accused him of being selfish and for abandoning flood victims.
Wait what about everyone else https://t.co/f0r7dg5AM0— Nailah Huda (@nylahuda) February 27, 2022
“If he was truly a leader, he would have asked others to get onto the boat first and make sure that everyone was safe. But [in] Malaysia, [we] save the leaders first,” one wrote angrily.
It was later explained by another Twitter user that a second boat was actually on its way to rescue those who were stuck in flood waters, as posted on Suhazeli Abdullah’s Twitter.
Second boat on da way pic.twitter.com/Wd9ENfMmnr— Suhazeli Abdullah (@suhazeli) February 27, 2022
However, netizens remained indignant and said that it still did not justify Maliaman leaving on a boat all by himself.
On the other end of the spectrum, some said that Maliaman was given priority as he was a senior citizen and a civilian.
Regardless of whether you support Maliaman or not, let’s hope everyone’s safe in the midst of this terrible flood.
Cover image via Twitter.