Permanent positions in APM to be named soon

BANGI: The status of applications for permanent positions in the Civil Defence Force (APM) will be announced soon, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister, who is also National Disaster Management Committee chairman, said he has formally submitted the applications himself to the Public Service Department (PSD).

“I was asked to apply for the creation of permanent positions in APM. I have formally applied to the Chief Secretary to the Government.

“God willing, there will be an announcement soon,” he said in his speech when launching the Civil Defence Month yesterday, Bernama reported.

The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of World Civil Defence Day and the 72nd Civil Defence Day 2024 at the APM headquarters here.

Ahmad Zahid said it was time for the “unsung heroes” of APM to be appreciated by various parties, especially the government.

“On APM, it (permanent positions) has to be done... this is not just about money, but the appreciation for the services of these ‘unsung heroes’,” said Ahmad Zahid, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister.

In November last year, then Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Functions) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali was reported to have extended matters related to the permanent appointment of APM personnel to the Prime Minister’s Department before being submitted to the PSD.

In line with its 72-year establishment, Ahmad Zahid wants participation as volunteers in the force to be expanded to all segments of society, including celebrities, professionals and media practitioners.

He said 60 days were given to APM to realise this and to open up opportunities for media practitioners to participate.

“For journalists, as I mentioned in my previous speech, I want journalists from various print, electronic and social media to be part of APM.

“This will be useful for them to be involved in humanitarian efforts in providing more prominent coverage for their respective agencies,” he said.

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