PERMATANG PAUH, Nov 6 — An octogenarian’s family was comforted by their cat during their two-day stay at an evacuation centre after massive floods hit Penang over the weekend.
The black and white spotted cat belonging to Roziah Said and her family grabbed attention during Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s visit to the Dewan Guar Perahu relief centre yesterday morning.
Tompok was the only pet in the relief centre. He was perched grandly on his favourite pillow, surrounded by Roziah’s family.
Zahid was seen laughing and chatting with Roziah and her family while petting the cat.
Roziah said she placed her furry friend in such comfort as he was like “her favourite grandchild”.
“We found him a year ago in Baling. He had gotten separated from his family and was struggling alone.
“He is a very important member of the family and comforts me when I’m here. There was no way we could leave him behind,” she said.
Roziah and her family have been staying in the relief centre since Sunday, after floodwaters deluged their home in nearby Kampung Terus.
Her daughter Hayati Abdul Hadi, 48, said she had never seen floodwaters rise so rapidly in the area.
“We experienced some flooding in 1998 and 2003. But this has been one of the worst floods we’ve seen,” she said.
“The waters rose from ankle level to neck level in an hour. Thankfully we were able to save our important things, and of course our beloved pet.”
Like many other evacuated Penangites, Hayati and her family are in limbo, unsure when the floodwaters will recede.
“We checked on the house this morning, and the water had only gone down by a few inches.
“It’s difficult because my 19-year-old daughter is sitting for her Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) exams today(Tuesday).
“All we can do is hope that the rains stop and the waters recede.”