Nov 8, 2010

'dat ironic flood

Let’s call an irony an irony. Obviously, doesn’t sound as nice as ‘let’s call a spade a spade’.

On the day of festival of light, the northern parts of peninsular were flooded with water.

Countless properties, vehicles and items drowned in damage while few lives left the living world. The damage was unavoidable, but the deaths in certain way were debatable of their certainty.

The matter of fact that through TV news, you see few children wading their way through the roads either by foot or bicycle on a waist-high water level as if God had bestowed to them the waterpark of Sunway Lagoon, did raise certain questions about the level of parental apathy around that neighbourhood.

The flood was claiming more lives than the news lead the public to believe. Some other people found their way to the grave by a much chronic way. There were patients transported out from the State’s hospital to the neighbouring hospitals in an unplanned impromptu manner leading to certain unavoidable complications. I guess it is too late now to say that probably a protocol for evacuation should be drafted for the event of massive flood.

This protocol must give a clear indicators where evacuation must be done when the thought of ‘Shit probably going to happen’ arised, rather than when ‘Oh, Shit!’ was verbalized. By then, it would be kind of late. It is kind of late.

In the medical world, we applaud the power of anticipation. Sadly, most of us, if not all, are poor in predicting weather, not only it was not in our medical school’s curriculum, it was only briefly being enlightened to our mind through a brief scene in the Chinese movie ‘Red Cliff”. Or was it ‘Red Cliff 2’?

Sam Kwok = not a caucasian.

Secondly, the dirty water, food and poor living conditions are perfect recipe for bad health and diseases. They probably will put the cocktail of cigarette-smoking, binge-drinking and full-fledged high-cholesterol diet to shame, or at the least, to a strong ‘draw’.

How well the health initiatives were able to tackle the horrible aftermath will be gauged by how well controlled those bad health and diseases were being controlled. Pouring massive amount of money into the state to the few preying vultures without clear plan for a good health strategy is definitely a senseless move.

The flood over the northern peninsular did bring back memories of certain discussion that I had back in high school with my pal, Gab.

If he still remembers, we were talking about the canal of Malthai, a collaborated co-operation between Malaysia and Thailand, to form a canal across the peninsular. With that, I am sure the few northern states will be rich like hell. And, inevitably, the small neighbouring island country with their overcrowding talents may be up in arms (and brains) with a few contracts and MOUs for our leaders to sign, just like the one about the water supply.

The flood may just turn into a naturally-formed canal of Malthai, with a few sacrifices along its natural establishment.

Well, with each natural disasters getting more unpredictable than the previous ones, it is kind of not surprising this may just come true within the next generation or so.

With a natural disaster turning into a natural blessing, now, this could probably be the i(bu)ronies, mother (ibu) of all ironies.

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