Malaysia cancels Putrajaya's New Year celebrations due to floods

Flood victims, Mr Mat Ali Ibrahim and his children enduring the flood as they use a boat at Kampung Baru Pinang, Dungun in Terengganu to move around. -- PHOTO: UTUSAN
Flood victims, Mr Mat Ali Ibrahim and his children enduring the flood as they use a boat at Kampung Baru Pinang, Dungun in Terengganu to move around. -- PHOTO: UTUSAN

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The planned mega new year celebration in Malaysia's federal capital of Putrajaya has been cancelled in respect of the thousands of people affected by flood in several states.

Perak and Terengganu have also axed celebrations in both states, while Selangor said it would go ahead with a "moderate" celebration to honour the victims, The Rakyat Post reported.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who announced the cancellation in Putrajaya on Thursday, said he also hoped that organisers of the programme, Ambank Group, would agree to channel the cost of holding the celebration to flood victims.

"I will discuss with Tan Sri Azman Hashim (Ambank Group's chairman) on the matter, to see if he is agreeable for the RM3 million (S$1.15 million) set aside for the celebration to be channelled to flood victims instead," he said.