AMPANG Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPAJ) Squad Pantas is all ready to respond to emergencies or disasters during the current monsoon season.
The squad comprises 25 MPAJ enforcement officers with special training to handle disasters like landslides, floods and fallen trees.
The team is on 24-hour duty and assisted by 80 other officers from the enforcement department to handle emergencies.
MPAJ president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain said the team would act as first responders to residents’ complaints.
“We will be the first to arrive on the scene should anything untoward happen in areas under our jurisdiction,” he said at the council’s full board meeting yesterday.
On flash floods, Abdul Hamid said four areas were badly hit by the downpour last Sunday, namely Pandan Mewah, Taman Sri Baru, Taman Tasek Tambahan and Taman Saga.
“High rainfall was recorded in the past few months and the drainage system could not cope.
“We have asked KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd to ensure there are no clogged drains in our area,” he said.
When asked on the possibility of local government election, Abdul Hamid said it would be a Federal- and state-level decision.
“If both say yes, we will do it but it also depends on the capability of the local council to carry out the elections as it requires a lot of cost and manpower,” he said.