Speed And Efficiency Crucial In Disaster Management, Says Ongkili

Maximus Ongkili presenting the RM500 cash assistance to one of the recipients affected by the recent floods.

KOTA MARUDU: One of the most efficient districts in Malaysia in flood management is Kota Marudu, federal lawmaker Dr Maximus Ongkili said Friday.

In commending and thanking local communities here for their cooperation during the recent floods, he further said that the state also has a world class disaster monitoring system, as well as control and management.

“Our natural disaster protocol and standard operating procedures are being used as a model by many countries, Ongkili who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister said.

“In disaster management, speed and efficiency are crucial to reduce damages and save lives, as well as returning those affected to normal life,” he said, adding the nation is fortunate as it has the best management system manned by trained manpower.

Having said that, Ongkili also said there is also resources requirement to deal with major disasters especially floods, tsunami, fire, and even earthquakes.

“In addition, there is more needed to be done to ensure community cooperation and participation in disaster relief.

Ongkili posing with recipients of the RM500 relief aid.

“We are lucky that Kota Marudu folks have these qualities and are quick to act and help the less fortunates,” he said when presenting cash hand-outs to flood victims here.

He added that in Kota Marudu alone, 12,207 families affected by flood have been approved for RM500 cash assistance.

“The Barisan Nasional cares for the people’s plights, and we should be thankful that we have a government that cares and responsive to the needs of the people,” he said.