KOTA KINABALU: Five lorries and an amphibious boat worth RM4mil has been added to the Sabah Civil Defence Corps, as part of efforts to boost its capability in carrying out search and rescue during natural disasters.
State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman said the additional assets provided to the civil defence unit would give them more mobility in their various disaster and rescue operations.
“We hope that with the additional vehicles, the civil defence personnel would be able to face various challenges in discharging their duties,” he said when handing over the operational and logistic vehicles to the state’s Civil Defence Corps at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) yesterday.
Sukarti said the lorries will be sent to five districts – Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Beaufort, Keningau and Tawau – while the amphibious boat will be based in flood-prone Beaufort district, which is hit annually by floods.
However, he said, if the need arises, the assets would be deployed to other districts.
Sabah Civil Defence Corps director Kol Mulliadi Al-Hamdi Ladin said the new additions were part of a total of 15 lorries and two multipurpose boats to be added to the Sabah Civil Defence Corps.
“Five more lorries are expected by year end and another five units will be delivered next year.
“Another boat is expected next month,” he said, adding that the additional assets would help them work more efficiently in their operations.
Currently, they have 11 lorries and 45 boats.
He said the latest five-tonne trucks were German-made while the Amphibious Sealegs was a New Zealand-manufactured boat built for use on land and sea.