JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) hopes to recruit more young volunteers to provide better service, especially during a disaster.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said youths, including undergraduates, were urged to join APM in rescue and relief efforts.
“We need more young people to train as reserves, to continue this agency’s work. We want them to step up to help, ” he said in a press conference at the Johor APM headquarters here.
Earlier, Mohd Redzuan witnessed a rescue demonstration by APM personnel followed by a briefing on the agency.
He said among matters discussed during the briefing included improving the efficiency of APM.
“Disaster management in Malaysia needs to be handled in an integrated manner by all defence and security agencies, so that every level is more efficient and effective.
“We want to mobilise the assets of the agencies involved in defence and security.
“APM will seek expertise from other agencies such as National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and the Fire and Rescue Department on disaster relief efforts.
“All agencies must work together, especially during natural disasters such as floods, ” he said.
Mohd Redzuan said APM was prepared to face any disaster, with sufficient assets.
“Although this is the case, we want to focus on using consolidated assets.
“We can pool the assets available to provide better disaster relief efforts.
“Nadma is tasked with managing the assets and will continue to improve its management to ensure all disasters are handled swiftly by the agencies involved, ” he added.
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