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China's flood donation proves close Malaysia-China ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Chinese government's donation to flood victims is proof of the close Malaysia-China ties.

Expressing his appreciation for the Chinese government's kind gesture, he said the donation will be well received by the people of Malaysia.

Najib received donation for flood victims from the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang at Wisma Perwira Angkatan Tentera Malaysia, Jalan Padang Tembak, here today.

The donation involves 2,950 tents (12 sq m X 36 sq m), 220 generator sets of 5 Kw (20 units) and 3 Kw (200 units), 400 water pumps (1.1 Kw), 45 water hose reels and 60 water purification devices (500 litres per hour.)

The Chinese government will also donate 400 temporary houses soon.

China's donation comes in three phases, with the first phase received today, while the second and third phases will follow soon.

Najib said the recovery of the flooded areas would be completed in less than two years as the government has launched a special programme to build temporary housing and permanent housing.

"I have given the instruction. In areas where the people own land, we will construct the permanent houses."

The programme involves the construction of 1,000 low cost housing units in Gua Musang. The process of identifying eligible residents is underway.

He said the government is collecting information related to the floods before announcing the amount needed for the recovery of the flooded areas.

Meanwhile, Huang said the Chinese government had decided to help Malaysia because of the strong ties between the two countries.

"We cannot let Malaysia alone to face the situation. Therefore, our government has decided to join together to help the flood victims.

"If the Malaysian government needs help, we are ready to get involved because we are family, we are brothers."

Huang said based on China's experience in handling natural disasters, his government was ready to share expertise with Malaysia and willing to give cooperation if needed.

He pointed out that his embassy staff visited Kelantan twice with the latest trip two days ago and donated some equipment including school uniforms to students affected by the floods.


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