KL plans Asean relief alliance


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will take the lead to set up the Asean Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations on Disaster Relief, said executive vice-chairman of the National Coalition of NGOs on Disaster Relief Tan Sri Ajit Singh. 

Citing the example of the recent SARS outbreak, he said it was time to lead in spearheading and co-ordinating relief work. 

“In the case of SARS, if the outbreak is defined as a disaster, the outbreak could be contained with better co-ordination in the name of the Asean spirit,” he said. 

The formation of the Asean coalition is aimed at ensuring that rescue and search operations are smoothly conducted during disasters at the national and regional level. 

SAVING RULES: Ajit Singh (right) observing how rescue work is carried out by members of the Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Operation Association chairman K. Balasupramaniam and Lt Anita Lin Saturday.

Ajit Singh pointed out that the Malaysian Humanitarian Foundation would not only to be the secretariat for the National coalition of NGOs on Disaster Relief in the country but would also take the initiative in spearheading the formation of the coalition at the Asean level. 

He said the coalition would not only encourage transparency, good governance and increase the level of preparedness of NGOs in providing relief during disasters, it would also co-ordinate disaster relief efforts among the NGOs. 

The coalition would also be able to represent NGOs at regional and international forums, he added. 

Ajit Singh said a three-day conference from June 21 to 23 would be held at MidValley Megamall Exhibition Centre to discuss disaster relief at the national and Asean level. 

He said said five Asean member countries had confirmed their participation in the conference and representatives would comprise Welfare Ministers and two NGOs from each country. The NGOs would attend the conference as observers. 

The formation of the Asean coalition is aimed at ensuring that rescue and search operations are smoothly conducted during disasters at the national and regional level.  

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