Dr Sim urges public to take heed of weather forecast warning from Met Malaysia seriously

Dr Sim (clad in yellow shirt) checking some of the equipment on preparedness for flood in Batu Kawa yesterday.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Dec 28: Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has urged the public to take heed of the weather forecast warning from the Meteorological Department of Malaysia (Met Malaysia) seriously due to the current monsoon season in Sarawak.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Dr Sim said with the cooperation of all parties, they can help minimise the dangers of flood, reduce loss and damages to properties, and avoid any loss of life.

“I will continue to help out privately as a YB (assemblyman) and as a practising medical expert to the SDMC (State Disaster Management Committee) and multiagency teams on floods, Covid-19, and rabies.

“This is even without financial remunerations or an official position as we are waiting for the swearing-in of the Cabinet in January by His Excellency Governor of Sarawak,” he said.

Dr Sim, who is Batu Kawah assemblyman, was checking in on flood-prone villages in his constituency, as well as their preparations for floods, yesterday.

He also commended the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sarawak for the river clearance and deepening works carried out throughout the year.

Meanwhile, in a weather forecast warning yesterday afternoon, Met Malaysia said continuous rain is expected to occur in eastern Sabah until Jan 2, 2022, and western Sarawak from Dec 29 to Dec 31.

Strong winds and rough seas are expected to persist in the East Coast waters of Peninsular Malaysia, northern Sarawak, and Sabah until Jan 2, 2022.

The weather forecast issued by Met Malaysia was based on the MET Malaysia Weather Research and Forecasting Model (MMD-WRF) analysis model, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), and the Global Forecast System (GFS). — DayakDaily