The Indonesian government donated US$3.1 million to six of its fellow ASEAN neighbours currently affected by flooding. At a ceremony held at the beginning of the week on the 24th October 2011, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Mr Agung Laksono presented cheques to representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Referring to the financial assistance, Mr Laksono explained, “This is a form of our solidarity as the ASEAN leader.” The Minister further noted that ASEAN countries had always assisted Indonesia when it suffered natural disasters such as the tsunami in Aceh and the earthquake in West Sumatra and expressed Indonesia’s condolences to the victims of flooding. Permanent Representative of Cambodia to ASEAN, H.E. Kan Praridh thanked Indonesia for its assistance saying, “This is not the first time that Indonesia has rushed to the aid of its fellow ASEAN countries, so the people of Cambodia are grateful for a friend in need.” Worst-hit Thailand received US$1 million, Vietnam received US$ 500,000 and Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and the Philippines received US$400,000 each. Written for Good News From Indonesia by A. Ibrahim Almuttaqi News Source: Tempo Interactive and ASEAN website

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