Floods: Home Ministry ready to deploy more policemen to Johor

Saifuddin (left) with Kluang police chief Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh at a relief centre in Kampung Melayu, Johor on Friday (March 3). – Bernama

KLUANG: The Home Ministry is prepared to deploy more police personnel to Johor to help with the flood situation, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

The Home Minister added that he had been briefed by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi about the need to add more personnel as the flood situation in the state was worrying.

"Currently, there are more than 4,000 policemen in the state who are on reserve and can be deployed at any time.

"I have instructed the Johor police to deploy the 4,000 reserve personnel immediately to carry out rescue operations, which is the main priority.

"If we add up the number of other personnel from other agencies such as Rela and the General Operations Force, there are more than 7,000 personnel in Johor.

"But if it is still insufficient, then the ministry will deploy police personnel from other states," he said this after visiting a temporary relief centre at Dewan Orang Ramai Kampung Melayu Kluang here on Friday (March 3).

In terms of assets, Saifuddin Nasution said four-wheel drive vehicles, trucks, and boats have been deployed.

"If there is a need for more heavy vehicles to make operations easier, then I will discuss the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the National Disaster Management Committee chairman.

"This will help us to immediately deploy assets from the Army and other security agencies to carry out rescue efforts," he added.

Saifuddin Nasution also assured flood victims who lost or damaged their personnel documents such as MyKad, MyKid and passports that they can replace it for free at the relevant departments.

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