PUTRAJAYA: Non-governmental organisations seeking to extend assistance to flood victims will be required to get approval before going to the affected areas.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) this is to ensure those who offer assistance would not cause the spread of Covid-19.
He said NGOs are to download application forms from the National Disaster Management Agency’s website and submit their requests to state or district disaster management offices for location of areas that they want to offer help.
“If the office allows them to come, they will be informed of conditions that need to be followed while they are there.
“With the approval letter, they can make their way to help in flood relief as well as post-flood efforts and show the document to the police at roadblocks, ” he said on Thursday (Jan 14).
Ismail Sabri reminded NGOs that without the approval letter, they will not be allowed to pass through roadblocks, stressing on the importance of them getting the go ahead before making the journey.
While the government lauds efforts by NGOs to help flood victims, the minister said that the National Security Council special meeting is of the opinion that assistance rendered by volunteer groups from the affected states should be given priority.
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