Putrajaya announces new agency to deal with disasters

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The National Disaster Management Agency is in charge of managing natural disasters in the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 31, 2015.

The National Disaster Management Agency is in charge of managing natural disasters in the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 31, 2015.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today announced the setting up of the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to coordinate government agencies in tackling disasters.

Zahid said Nadma, which was operating for the first time in the current flood season, was not taking over the roles of the agencies, but was set up to ensure all assistance to flood victims were channelled more effectively and orderly.

“Nadma is set up not to take over the functions of the other agencies, such as the Malaysian Armed Forces, police, Malaysian Civil Defence Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Rela, Social Welfare Department, but to manage and coordinate efforts against disasters in the country.

“So, other agencies need not be stingy in lending boats or other assets because all that are being done is for the welfare of the people who are affected by disasters including floods,” he said.

He said this to reporters after an official visit to the flood relief centres at the Seberang Tayor, Air Puteh Felda Multi-purpose Hall in Kemaman, Terengganu. Read more