China offers Penang help on early warning system

By Opalyn Mok
China Consul General Wu Jun (second left) handing over the cheque to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, November 15, 2017. ― Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 15 ― China is offering technical expertise to Penang that is considering its own early disaster warning system after the state was recently hit by severe flooding

China Consul-General in Penang Wu Jun said his country has similar systems in place for typhoons,.

“We have experience in this so we wish to offer our assistance to the Penang government in developing an early warning system for disasters,” he said in a press conference this morning.

Wu also presented a cheque of RM62,400 from the Hainan province in China to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for the state government’s flood relief fund, at Penang Development Corporation.

Lim said China has a lot of experience with typhoons and strong winds, adding that the offer would by valuable to the state’s effort in creating its own early warning system.

He said the state’s Penang Green Council (PGC) will collect information from meteorological departments from other countries on early warning systems.

“The PGC will compile all these information and compare these with the Malaysian Meteorological Department’s system,” he said.

He said it was important to have an accurate early warning system to allow authorities time to pre-empt impending weather conditions.

He again criticised the Malaysian Meteorological Department for its allegedly late warning of strong winds and rain that hit Penang on November 4 and 5, leaving almost 80 per cent of the state flooded and about 12,000 people evacuated.

“We can’t stop a typhoon or strong winds, but if we have early warning, at least we can be prepared for it,” he said.