Inform department of expedition plans, groups told


  • Nation
  • Friday, 16 Jan 2004

PUTRAJAYA: Groups planning expeditions or hikes into jungles and mountainous areas should inform the nearest Fire and Rescue Department, said its director-general Datuk Jaafar Sidek Tambi. 

He said the information could help the department mount a faster and more effective search and rescue operation. 

“They should inform us of the locations they want to explore or where they may be heading.  

“Although our department is only one of the few government agencies involved in search and rescue missions, any such information will be beneficial. 

“It will enable us to target the areas to look for those who are lost,” he told reporters after inspecting the annual parade at the department’s headquarters here yesterday. 

He was commenting on recent cases of students or expedition members who went missing in expeditions. 

Last week, eight International Islamic University undergraduates, who scaled up Gunung Nuang near Kajang, without the permission of the Forestry Department, were reported lost in the forested hill. 

 

Last month, three workers from the Drainage and Irrigation Department were stranded for almost a week at its telemetry rainfall station at Gunung Gagau near the Kelantan-Terengganu-Pahang border. 

 

The two groups were subsequently rescued by the department. 

Jaafar said expedition members should also inform the department when they had returned home. 

 

“This is because we don’t want to continue looking for them as we have no way of knowing that they have reached home. 

“It will be a waste of our resources and time,” he said.  

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