Communications and Digital Ministry to improve public warning system

THE Communications and Digital Ministry is looking into improving the public warning system, particularly in areas designated as disaster hotspots by the Meteorological Department (METMalaysia). 

“The ministry has had talks with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on joint efforts to improve the warning system with the help of telecommunications companies,” The Vibes reported Communication and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil as saying. 

Fahmi further advised the public to take METMalaysia’s warning notices seriously.

According to Fahmi, the Government will have to look into the dissemination of such notices, especially for risky activities.

“We will also need feedback from the relevant agencies and departments on how to improve our national warning system,” he said.

Furthermore, this comes after a tragedy involving a landslide at a campsite in Batang Kali this morning that resulted in the deaths of 13 people.

“Please be more sensitive as the victims grapple with this tragedy,” urged Fahmi. 

The public and media should refrain from sharing images and videos of the victims — especially footage of children, he added.

Meanwhile, according to Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa, some of the bodies have been transported to Sg Buloh Hospital, while the rest are still at the scene. 

The police reported that there were 94 victims in total, all of whom were local residents. 

Moreover, 25 of them are still missing as search and rescue efforts continue. A boy, a man, and six women are among the deceased. – Dec 16, 2022


Main photo credit: Bernama

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