Ministers urged to not go on holidays overseas during flood season

PETALING JAYA: Cabinet ministers who are planning to go for overseas holidays during the monsoon season - expected to begin next month - have been urged to rethink their plans.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Nancy Shukri said this was to enable them to be with the community during the floods.

She said preparations were in full swing in anticipation of the monsoon and all ministers involved were not encouraged to go for overseas holidays.

"This is a normal practice in the Cabinet to ensure all matters related to floods can be handled if any disaster happens," a Malay news portal quoted her as saying on Sunday (Sept 24) after attending the World Heart Day 2023 at Pustaka Negri Sarawak in Petra Jaya, Kuching.

"Everything is ready and we just need to finetune preparation in several locations in Sabah, Sarawak and Perak which have been hit with flash floods.

"To date, a total of 228 residents from 72 families have been placed at temporary evacuation centres in Sabah, 33 victims from seven families in Limbang, Sarawak evacuation centre and 37 from nine families in Perak.

On the rise of prices of essential goods which are given to flood victims, the quantity and the type of supply will be maintained as usual.

"We will not reduce the quantity of the food supply which will be distributed, such as rice and others and the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) will coordinate the activity," added Nancy.

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