Thursday, May 7, 2009

MCA squad identifies disaster-prone areas

The Star News Monday May 4, 2009

MUAR: The MCA’s National Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) is not waiting until things are too late.

(photo by CFL)

The squad is already identifying disaster-prone areas in the country and working out the logistics on how help could be rendered should a calamity strikes.

Rescue team: Chew (front, centre) having a light moment with Pagoh MCA division's CRSM team after presenting five boats to them yesterday. (photo: by Star)

Its chairman Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said a training scheme was being carried out for CRSM volunteers who would be mobilised when the necessity arises.

Speaking to reporters in Grisek, near here, Chew said it was vital for the volunteers to learn skills such as driving outboard motor boats during floods.

“We have trained about 50 volunteers in Sungai Lembing in Pahang and now plan to train another 100 in Grisek.

“Besides basic survival courses, we also want the volunteers to master boat-handling, especially in dangerous waters,” she said after presenting five boats with outboard engines to the Pagoh MCA’s CRSM in Grisek yesterday.
Chew, who is also Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said besides identifying flood-prone areas, CRSM teams would also get to know the residents there.

“There could be disabled and old people among them and they should be rescued first in an emergency,” she said.

Chew said the floods, which hit Pagoh in 2006 and 2007, had taught the CRSM teams some important lessons.
“We will also rope in local leaders, including those in non-governmental organisations and temples to sit on a crisis management committee in their areas.

“We want the CRSM to be with the people all the time,” she said.

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