Govt urged to set up crisis management ops room

Govt urged to set up crisis management ops room

22 June 2012

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 Malaysia -KUCHING: The state PKR Women’s Wing is calling on the State Disaster Relief Committee to initiate a ‘Crisis Management Ops Room’ to cope with natural disasters in view of the current hot and dry weather.

PKR National Women vice chief Voon Shiak Ni yesterday said in a press statement that the state is currently hit by various natural disasters ranging from drought, haze to fires due to the dry weather.

The wing, therefore, felt it is a matter of great urgency to have a crisis management ops room to handle all the reports from members of the public.

“It is also to facilitate an efficient channel for crisis management and to enable the people to call just ‘one number’ for assistance, to allay all the hassles and the anxieties and anguish of the people when contacting and finding the correct person in charge had indeed posed a problem to the public,” she said.

Voon claimed that they received complaints via Facebook and text messages (SMS) from the residents of Kampung Panchor Cina at Jalan Kuching Serian Lama, who have been facing a water shortage for five days.

“We have tried to call all the relevant authorities and I personally was very disappointed to make numerous calls only to be referred from Water Board to JKR (Public Works Department) and to the council, from one section to another and from one officer to another for water to be sent to these areas,” she claimed.

She stressed that the state government should take serious action with the occurrence of fires reported at Petra Jaya, Semariang, Tupong and Kota Samarahan, which had claimed three lives.

In view of the occurrence of the fire and the complaints on water shortage, we seriously call on the state government to initiate a crises management centre.

“We, the state PKR Women’s Wing, sincerely urge Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, who is also the disaster relief committee chairman, to step up efforts immediately.”

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