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Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) personnel carrying food and beverage supplies to be distributed to flood victims, at Dewan Dahlia Seksyen 24 in Shah Alam, on December 19, 2021. — Picture by TWITTER/sacitycouncil

MBSA marshals 1,700 personnel to face floods, GE15 process

By Siti Rohaizah Zainal

SHAH ALAM, Oct 11 — The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has readied approximately 1,700 of its personnel in dealing with potential floods, as well as the upcoming 15th General Election (GE15)

Deputy Mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan said of the 1,700 staff, 60 per cent are already prepared to face the floods, with the remainder prepared for GE15.

“This year we face two major events, preparing for floods and the general election. Nonetheless, the general election is not an excuse to remain unready when it comes to floods.

“Of the 1,700 staff, 60 per cent of them are ready for floods while the rest for GE15. MBSA is always alert for any possibility, and will follow instructions from time to time,” he said.

Mohd Rashidi was speaking at a press conference, following the council’s 2023 Budget presentation, themed Shah Alam Lestari dan Tahan Uji (Sustainable and Resilient Shah Alam), at Wisma MBSA earlier today.

He added that MBSA will conduct a flood simulation with council members, residents’ associations, and security agencies like the police and fire department, next Wednesday (October 19).

“The state-level simulation is already completed, and currently we seek to implement it on the community level, particularly when it involves residents’ representatives.

“We expect our simulation to have 200 people in attendance, who are recommended to comprehend their respective responsibilities and roles in the event of flooding,” Mohd Rashidi said.

Starting on September 28, approximately 67 agencies and 343 personnel took part in the two-day Selangor State Disaster Simulation and Practical Training, at Dewan Jubli Perak in the Selangor State Secretariat Building.

It was carried out to ensure all the agencies involved are prepared in terms of their services, equipment, and assets, in dealing with any potential disaster.

The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has identified eight Selangor districts as flood hotspots, including Klang, Petaling, Gombak, Hulu Langat, Sepang, Kuala Langat, Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor.

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