Government: Don’t make us force co-operation

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  • Wednesday, 03 Dec 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Government hopes it will not have to use the law to force residents affected by floods in their areas to “co-operate” with the authorities sent out to help them. 

National Security Division director-general Datuk Jaafar Ismail said there were some residents who refused to prepare for evacuation even when ordered to do so by the authorities. 

“For those staying in areas which are frequently flooded, for instance in low-lying plains beside the sea or rivers, we will usually issue an advisory from time to time to get their things in order before evacuation. 

“We will ask them to pack away whatever essential documents they have like birth certificates and other items they will need for their stay at flood centres so they don’t have to rush around at the last minute. 

“But often, they don’t pay heed and in the end, they tend to lose their important documents during the evacuation process,” he told reporters after receiving a RM20,000 donation for flood victims from Era Radio and Airtime Management and Programming Sdn Bhd at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday. 

On preparations for the floods expected in Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang during the current North-East Monsoon, Jaafar said thousands of police, fire, civil defence and Rela personnel had been put on standby for any emergency evacuation in the next few weeks.  

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