TIME TO PACK UP: Organising committee members rush to keep speakers, standing fans
and other electrical items from the rain.
KOTA SAMARAHAN: Almost 30 minutes of heavy rain and strong winds threatened to soak all those attending an outdoor neighbourhood solidarity programme at Kpg Bangka in Semong near here yesterday.
Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, representing Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan, cut short his speech as part of the crowd ran for shelter at the nearby multipurpose hall.
The organising committee members rushed to ensure that speakers, sound system, electrical wiring and standing fans did not get wet.
Staff of Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) participating in the programme packed up as their tent collapsed.
“Do not worry about the rain. We should see this as a blessing. Funny how the rain only decide to fall when it is my turn to deliver a speech,” joked Karim, who is also Assistant Youth Development Minister, at the closing of the two-day ‘Program Jiran Sepakat’ organised by the village Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT).
The two-day ‘Jiran Sepakat’ programme was participated by some 13 nearby villager.
Present among the 150 crowd were Sadong Jaya assemblyman Aidel Lariwoo, state National Civics Bureau director Roslan Baharuddin and Kpg Bangka KRT chief Awang Junaidi Awang Chik who is the organising chairman.
Prior to the disruption of his speech, Karim, who is also Assistant Housing Minister, called for rural folk to
remain patient for development projects to be implemented in their areas. He advised them to have faith in the government and uphold unity.
“The rural people are now well connected with construction of roads, supply of electricity, clean water and improved telecommunication infrastructures. Development needs big planning, possible under a stable government with strong support from the people,” he added.
Karim said the government would strive to ensure its responsibilities were met and all development projects implemented.