KUANTAN: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has urged the disaster management agency on floods to be more proactive in disseminating information on weather conditions earlier and to include more precise locations.
In the era of modern technology, he said messages could be shared more accurately and quickly to those on the ground.
“Operation rooms can be more proactive by informing the weather conditions earlier at specific locations a few days ahead.
“We see on TV, about regional weather predictions.
“If we get to narrow it down to specific locations, we will be able to help alert residents in the area,” he said.
The king was addressing the crowd during the 2018/2019 flood preparation presentation by Pahang police chief Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan at the state police headquarters, here, today.
Also present during the briefing were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, deputy Inspector of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor, Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, National Disaster Management Agency director-general Datuk Mohtar Mohd Abd Rahman, Pahang State Secretary Datuk Seri Sallehuddin Ishak and Pahang Fire and Rescue Department chief Nor Hisham Mohammed.
Al-Sultan Abdullah reminded all officers and security personnel, including local leaders, to carry out their duties sincerely and responsibly without expecting anything in return.
“We need to be aware of the difficult situations the flood victims are facing.
“Their homes and properties are damaged or destroyed, so we need to help them as much as possible,” he said.
The king said he was satisfied with how the state had been managing the situation so far.
During the briefing, Abd Jalil said 691 temporary relief centres comprising schools, mosques, suraus and community halls could accommodate 156,000 flood victims throughout the state during the monsoon season, from October to March next year.
He said the state government had also provided 118 bases to ensure that food supplies and basic necessities could be distributed instantly to the people in the centres.
Al-Sultan Abdullah also reminded those responsible for managing the centres to ensure that all basic facilities were made available.
“I have visited the centres many times before and some of them do not have proper facilities... there were bathrooms that had no water supply and I found this strange.
“I would also like to remind everyone, whether the authorities or flood victims, to play their part in maintaining cleanliness and not leave such responsibilities to any specific party alone.
“Make it your business to do so and remind each other to keep things clean and save water,” he said.