Couple keep work and marriage separate

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 30 Nov 2003

PETALING JAYA: Being married to each other for 26 years has never been an obstacle for civil defence volunteers Lt Kamsiah Mokmin and Sjn Ahmad Mohd Kassim to work together to save lives. 

Sjn Ahmad, 57, said they kept separate their work and private lives. 

“When she is the officer-in-charge, I get instructions from her and we understand each other better.  

“We are colleagues at work, not husband and wife. And technically she is my boss. But we are a happy-go-lucky couple.”  

Sjn Ahmad, a volunteer for 10 years, said that so far, the team dealt with minor injuries such as blisters and bee stings. 

Lt Kamsiah, 55, who has been a volunteer for 37 years, said they were open-minded in their work because as volunteers they had to be ready to do anything. 

“And we do not work together all the time,” she added. 

WORKING TOGETHER: Lt Kamsiah (left) and Sjn Ahmad talking about their experiences at the rockfall site on Friday.

The couple assisted in major disasters such as the Highland Towers collapse in 1993, Pos Dipang Orang Asli settlement mudslide in 1996 and a major flood in Kuantan in 1979. 

The couple are among Civil Defence Department volunteers manning a paramedic centre at the New Klang Valley Expressway rockfall site. 

The volunteers, from the Klang and Kuala Lumpur units, are present at all times to treat those injured at the site.  

Other units standing-by at the site are the Fire and Rescue Department, police and Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) members. 

Kpl Abdul Nasir Jalil, a SMART member, said that uniformed personnel always put their personal feelings aside when it came to working, even during Hari Raya. 

“We put our feelings aside and do our job. Even if it means trying not to miss our kampung or parents,” he said. 

The SMART members were at the site to help experts with the blasting of boulders and to ensure the safety of those doing clearing work. 

Kpl Abdul Nasir, 37, said the members of the team gained experience from doing search and rescue work locally and internationally.  

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