KUNDASANG: The Communications and Multimedia MinistryÂ will present 100 units of walkie-talkie to mountain guides here to facilitate
communication at work.
Its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said it was crucial for theÂ mountain guides to be properly equipped with a communication device particularlyÂ in unforeseen circumstances such as a disaster.
“We will also install a repeater to enable the walkie-talkies to function inÂ the mountainous area.
“Give us a week or two to bring the equipment here,” he told reporters atÂ the operation centre at Kinabalu Park, Ranau today, after surveying an area Â devastated by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Friday.
He said the ministry would also provide a ‘dedicated channel’ through whichÂ the mountain guides could access a special frequency for their walkie talkies.
Ahmad Shabery said the ministry would also discuss with the state governmentÂ about providing insurance coverage for the mountain guides.
He said part of the funds collected for the Sabah Earthquake Fund under theÂ Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Humanitarian Fund could be used for theÂ purpose.
“I will discuss with the state government about possibly using a portion of theÂ amount from the Fund for the initial payment of the insurance for them,” heÂ said.
Ahmad Shabery said he was made to understand that the guides had never had anyÂ insurance protection while on the job.
“The fees paid by climbers included insurance protection for themselves but notÂ for their guides. So we need to discuss this matter and look at it together,” heÂ said.-BERNAMA
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