Monday 5 October 2009


NOT TOO SMART - Too little help, too late, with too many journalists and cameramen!

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Padang, was devastated by a powerful earthquake on Wednesday 30th September 2009. The undersea earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra had an epicentre only 50 kilometres away from the city, which is the largest in West Sumatra.

The Special Malaysian Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) reportedly began work at the ravaged Mariani International Hotel and Jakarta Hotel in earthquake hit Padang only on Sunday 4th October 2009.

The 25-member team, it was reported, was sure that no more victims were trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Mariani International Hotel located on Jalan Bundo Kandung, Padang .

Subsequently they then began scouring the ruined remains of Jakarta Hotel to determine if there were still any victims there.

The SMART team arrived on Saturday 3rd October 2009, together with a medical team made up of 31 personnel from the armed forces, the Health Ministry and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

Accompanied by 22 journalists, photographers and TV cameramen, the SMART team evidently pitched tents at a clearing beside the collapsed Selasih Hospital, to be used as their operation centre.

Is this a sincere attempt to help, or just a show for the media circus?

A rescue team of 25 + medical team of 31 = 56 personnel, surely doesn't need a group of 22 Malaysian media folks as hangers-on.

22 more rescuers and medical workers would have been far more useful.


PADANG: International rescuers are planning to end their operations searching for survivors of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit West Sumatra province of Indonesia last week, as the first 75 hours-limit to finding disaster survivors passed.

According to a report by China's Xinhua news agency, United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) official J. Seen said on Monday 5th October 2009, that international rescuers would officially end their operation after a local government announcement later the same day (Monday).

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julian said...

smart????? its should be STUPID--(change the name. visited your country after the last earthquake off the northern tip of sumatra----a tusami was registered around the WORLD but not a peep from your country. saw the rebuilding off the coast of penang and met the miracle baby (who was swept in the sea and returned safely) i have got a photograph of her as proof.

mindful mariner said...

Thanks for the comments Julian.
The monies collected to aid the Malaysian victims of the tsunami were poorly accounted for too.
Perhaps the tsunami warning system will is better now?
STUPID maybe could stand for:
"Special Truly UMNO Publicity Interactive Do-gooders"

mindful mariner said...

Monday 5th October 2009
Officials in the earthquake-hit city of Padang, Indonesia, have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of buildings, today, five days after the disastrous earthquake.

The focus has now turned to bringing aid and medical help to survivors in the city and the rural areas surrounding it.

At least 1,000 people have died and at least 1,000 still remain missing after the earthquake struck on Wednesday 30th September 2009.

There have been no survivors reported rescued from the rubble since Friday 2nd October 2009.

Read the news report