Armed Forces prepared to face floods


KOTA BARU: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is geared up to face the possibility of floods especially in the east coast states of the peninsula during the monsoon season.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said MAF through its three branches namely the army, navy and air force was also fully prepared to deploy its assets and personnel if the floods occurred.

“We are prepared to utilise whatever assets available,” he told reporters after presenting the Pingat Jasa Malaysia awards to 185 former army personnel here today.

Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor are expected to experience between four and six episodes of heavy rain until March next year beginning this November due to the Northeast Monsoon.

Malaysian Meteorological Department director-general, Alui Bahari said floods would likely to occur in flood-prone and low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, Mohamad said currently, several MAF assets were being used for the humanitarian assistance mission in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

He said the aircraft were used to transport relief items such as food and medicine from Jakarta to the affected areas in Sulawesi.

Asked on the alleged transfer of RM2.5 million supposedly from UMNO to PAS with the possible source of the money being from the misappropriated 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Mohamad who is also Amanah president said he was leaving it to the police to conduct investigations.

Terengganu Amanah Youth lodged a police report last Sunday urging an immediate investigation after the spread of a copy of the so-called transaction of RM2.5 million between UMNO and PAS possibly linked with 1MDB. - Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd