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KUCHING, Jan 1: Social activist Datuk Seri Ang Lai Soon has called for an independent commission to be established and carry out a study to find solutions for flood problems.
He expressed his sadness to see the massive floods in Peninsular Malaysia, which have killed not less than 47 people and displaced thousands of victims and destroyed property and personal belongings.
He said Sarawak and Sabah, on the other hand, should be prepared for the monsoon winds and rains coming their way.
“This unavoidable wet weather add misery to the spike of coronavirus that has overwhelmed the entire health care system.
“Ostensibly, all over the world authorities with less than desired planning in place should consider having a master plan to deal with recurring annual flooding problems.
“An independent commission with only professional engineers and experts, in the government and universities, should do a study immediately and present recommendations for implementation, if possible before the next uncontrollable floods set in,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Ang further said if global climate change is not addressed, the extreme weather conditions will inevitably deteriorate adversely in the years ahead.
“Therefore, I warmly welcome the new Federal and Sarawak Health ministers and Education ministers to consider my campaign to have CPR (cardiovascular, pulmonary resuscitation) taught with First Aid, to be officially implemented through the relevant acts of Parliament.
“I have recruited a retired doctor from overseas and, hopefully, his peers as well, as full-time volunteers to assist not only in the teaching of first aid and CPR, but to travel to other parts of Sarawak as well,” he added. ― DayakDaily