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Disaster SOP Needs Improvement, Not Revamp

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KUALA PERLIS – The disaster Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) currently being used is sufficient and does not need to be revamped, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said only several aspects such as equipment and coordination needed to be improved especially when facing sudden and simultaneous disasters.

“What is important is that the frontliners led by the district officer must always be prepared. Their complacency can paralyse an operations.

“Not every disaster must burden the National Security Council (NSC) as it is only the secretariat,” he told reporters after officiating the Disaster Operations Association of Malaysia (PGBM) here Sunday.

Shahidan, who is also the National Disaster Committee chairman, said from now, disaster-simulated trainings by government agencies must be jointly held with the relevant non-governmental organisations.

On the PGBM, Shahidan who is its advisor, said the association, which was formed on March 30, and had 1,500 members in Kedah, Perlis, Selangor, Johor and Kelantan, could be mobilised to distribute humanitarian aid. – BERNAMA

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