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KUALA LUMPUR – An academician has suggested that the government need to set up permanent relief centres for natural disasters to ensure efficient management and disaster relief in the country.

Besides providing shelter for disaster victims, the permanent centres would also reduce the death risk among victims and avoid the situation of having supplies and communication cut off.

National Council of Professors’ Cluster Head of Political, Security and International Affairs Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak (pic) said the matter should be considered by the government to ensure that the disaster relief process was
more centralised and efficient.

The relief centres should be set up in every district, he said, and be equipped with all facilities such as food stuff, medicine, electricity supply, communication system, sleeping quarters, as well as counselors to ensure that the welfare of disaster victims, be it physical or mental, were always prioritized.

“We need to remember, disasters also occur all around the world due to changes in climate and it is imperative for us to have more in-depth preparation in the future,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

“These relief centres should be similar to district voting centres, whereby if there was a disaster, people knew where to go. The government should already be thinking about this matter as it has been implemented in developed countries like Japan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia’s (PPIM) chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said the government should emulate developed nations in aspects of preparing for and managing disasters.

“For example when PPIM tried to send aid to flood victims in Jerantut, Pahang, it took eight hours for the district’s representative to come and collect it. This I feel isn’t efficient because it took quite a long time,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reported saying on Saturday that Malaysia should study the disaster management systems in other countries such as Japan and South Korea who were known to have among the best systems in the world for such purposes. – Bernama

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