PENANG will further improve its infrastructure and machinery to ensure the state is prepared for big disasters such as the current flood crisis in the East Coast.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the present infrastructure would not be able to handle such a big disaster.
“If the flood affects 5,000 houses here, do we have the capability to handle it?
“I hope we never have to answer that but we’ve to be prepared,” he said.
Lim said that of all the items donated to the flood victims in the East Coast, clean water was the most sought after for consumption and other uses such as cleaning up.
“What’s the use of possessions if you don’t have water? Water is a gift from God. It’s a basic necessity and the qua-lity of water must be a priority,” he said at the rank commissioning ceremony of the PBA Holdings Bhd (PBAHB) auxiliary police yesterday.
The PBAHB is the parent company of the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), and the auxiliary police unit was set up in January last year to boost security at all water supply installations and operational premises in Penang.
The ceremony saw eight personnel commissioned as sergeants, 24 as corporals and 10 as constables.
Lim, who is also PBAHB chairman, witnessed state police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi pinning the ranks onto the newly promoted auxiliary policemen. Also present was PBAHB chief executive officer Jaseni Maidinsa.
SDCP Abdul Rahim congratulated the men, and reminded them to carry out their duties well and encouraged more people to become auxiliary policemen at the various agencies.