Be proactive to mitigate risks

Increasing the number of arborists can bolster tree management expertise. — Filepic

Government departments should take note that it is better to be proactive rather than reactive when dealing with potential risks, whether natural or man-made.

A case in point are the recent incidents of thunderstorms causing old trees to topple, causing death and destruction in various parts of the country.

Proactive measures can prevent or minimise loss of lives, property and resources.

For example, implementing early warning systems for natural disasters like floods can give people more time to prepare or take evasive action, thereby reducing casualties and damage to property.

Being proactive enables the government to adapt effectively to changing conditions and emerging risks.

With rapid technological advancements and environmental changes, being proactive allows Malaysia to stay ahead of threats and challenges.

Addressing risks proactively tends to be more cost-effective than dealing with their consequences.

Investing in infrastructure improvements, disaster preparedness and risk mitigation may require resources upfront, but it will be worth it because it can save costs associated with emergency response.

Additionally, proactive measures contribute to building resilience at individual and national levels.

By promoting awareness, education and preparedness, proactive risk management empowers people to better cope with disasters.

While Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is reacting well by felling old trees that are at risk of toppling over during inclement weather, more needs to be done.

Prioritising effective measures to mitigate future tragedies is crucial.

We know that one of the measures for mitigating climate change is the planting of more trees.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s directive to DBKL to plant 100 trees for every old tree that is felled is to be welcomed.

Some say this is an over-ambitious target but if at least half that number can be achieved, it will be commendable.

At the same time, we also need to bolster our tree management expertise by increasing the number of arborists who can assess the health, structure and condition of trees to identify any issues or potential hazards.

Arborists can also recommend the type of trees to be planted, namely trees with strong root systems.

DBKL must also budget for activities and programmes to create greater awareness among the public on how they can play their part by identifying risks and informing the authorities accordingly.


Chairman, Alliance for a Safe Community

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