PEKAN – A standard operating procedure (SOP) to tackle major floods will be drawn up and tabled in the cabinet within six months as a guideline for everyone in facing the disaster.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the new SOP would cover various aspects including incrasing the assets, command and control, communication equipment, simulation training, meteorological services, as well as the power supply aspect.
“The existing SOP is merely to face ordinary floods, so a new SOP needs to be drawn up so that we will be more prepared including in terms of command and control and appropriate assets to face the floods.
“If the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) is to become the main agency, then it will be supplied with appropriate facilities to face this disaster and at the same time, the aspect of weather forecasting must be more accurate and early so that we can provide early information.
“When we know early, we can also deploy personnel such as the military, firemen and other agencies much earlier so that when the water level rises, we have a bigger capacity,” he said at a media conference at the Flood Operations Centre for the Pekan Parliamentary constituency at Baitul Rahah, here today.
Also present were his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin.
He also suggested that the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) sub-stations be built on higher ground so that they would not be affected each time a flood breaks out.
At the same time, Najib said a group of experts had been directed to make a study on the actual cause of extraordinary floods especially in the East Coast states.
He said this was to enable preventive measures to be taken to avoid a recurrence of the disaster whether in the short-term or long-term.
“We want to know what were the factors that caused the large-scale flood this time, when we know the source, only then can we determine how to prepare national development so that it will not bring about negative impacts on the environment to the extent of causing such a disaster.
“It may not necessarily be due to logging activities or land exploitation alone, but a combination of various factors, that’s why this major flood occurred,” he said. – BERNAMA