Thu, Aug 20, 2009 - Page 8 News List

[ LETTER ]

Slow, inefficient action

It’s a total disgrace to this government that more than a week after Typhoon Morakot struck, the total death toll remains unknown and people still have to fend for themselves in remote mountainous areas while government officials engage in buck-passing.

Although the scope of this disaster is probably the result of the amount of rainfall Typhoon Morakot brought, the underlying reasons for the mudslides are the same as they always were.

It’s also a pity that Taiwanese media never seem to reach a higher level than the average tabloid and are competing with each other for the most tears per minute on camera rather than focusing on the bigger picture.

I keep wondering how things would have been if the north, rather than the south, had been flooded by Morakot and government officials had to deal personally with dead relatives as a result of their incompetence.

The next elections will surely be heavily influenced by this clear show of incompetence.

MARCO KONIJNENDIJK

Ridderkerk,

The Netherlands

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