Selangor MB: State resources remain on standby for floods, emergencies until January 2023

EMERGENCY response personnel and relief centres will remain on standby for possible floods or any other emergency until January 2023, says Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

"We were better prepared for floods that happened last month (November), although those floods were not as severe as last year's.

"Our preparations in anticipation of the year-end floods were also done much earlier this time," he said in reference to the flood preparations, simulation and training carried out by various related agencies since September.

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Amirudin added that the relevant resources would remain on standby (to ensure relief works could be carried out quickly) and to avoid a repeat of last year's incident (when relief aid was distributed late).

On compensation for flood victims, Amirudin said applications submitted by those affected by the recent floods would be processed soon based on existing guidelines.

"While floods were recorded in hotspots in Meru, Klang, Dengkil and Banting, the level of devastation was not as bad and the duration not as long this time around," he said.

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Amirudin was speaking after the launch of "Batik Selangor" at the Selangor legislative assembly building annexe in Section 5, Shah Alam.

The designs and motifs for "Batik Selangor" were done as a collaboration between Selangor Malay Customs and Heritage Corporation (Perbadanan Adat Melayu dan Warisan Negeri Selangor or Padat) and Kraftangan Malaysia's Selangor and Federal Territories branch.

"Batik Selangor" features bunga tanjung, known as Spanish cherry, but with nine petals to symbolise the nine districts in Selangor.

It was previously reported that the bunga tanjung motif can be seen in Selangor's official emblems, decor and logos.

"The idea for this is to popularise the use of batik, but with a design that is unique to Selangor," said Amirudin.

"They can be worn at state executive council meetings and formal functions in Selangor to create a sense of uniformity.

"The state legislative assembly has yet to change its dress code guidelines (which presently does not allow batik). When the dress code is amended, attendees can then wear batik to assembly sittings, similar to how it is done at the Parliament (on Thursdays)."

Amirudin, who presented clothing with "Batik Selangor" designs to all state executive councillors and senior state leaders, said the clothing would also be presented to assemblymen starting Thursday (Dec 1) and civil servants starting Friday (Dec 2).

He added that there are plans for "Batik Selangor" to be introduced to grassroots leaders such as village heads.

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