Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government will be setting up a special task force for post-flood activities and to prepare for the second wave of floods.
He also named Chief Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali as the chairperson of the task force.
“This post-flood work needs proper coordination, as I do not want any delay in the process, including in providing assistance to flood victims.”
“We also need to be prepared for the second wave of floods if it happens,” he was quoted saying by Bernama at a press conference yesterday (26 December) after visiting areas affected by the floods in Hulu Langat, including Taman Sri Nanding and Kg Dusun Tua where cleaning work was in progress.
Ismail also said the task force will comprise of relevant agencies, including the armed forces, and they will hold their first meeting as early as Monday (27 December).
Among the matters to be discussed and decided by the task force include how to coordinate the cleaning of houses and buildings that were affected by the floods, and on the mechanism to ensure that monetary aid could be channelled to the victims as promptly as possible.
“I also call on the relevant agencies and departments that manage cash assistance to simplify the process of providing help and eliminate bureaucratic red tapes. The flood victims are already facing hardship. Do not bring inconvenience to them,” he added.
Ismail said the task force will also find solutions for solid waste management in the aftermath of the destruction caused by the floods.
He said the government, through the Environment and Water Ministry, will provide a mobile incinerator that could dispose of solid waste in situ without smoke and without polluting the environment.
Meanwhile, the government will also be collecting data on the total losses incurred in the floods in Selangor.
“We are still cleaning up, still studying losses. Data is being collected. There will be an economic impact, but we do not know to what extent and we will wait for a report from the relevant ministry,” he said.
Nontheless, Ismail also expressed his gratitute to the volunteers, non-governmental organisations, members of the security forces as well as agencies, and Malaysians at large for their involvement in post-flood relief activities throughout the country.
“Our priority is to speed up the work of cleaning their houses so that the victims can return home. If we do it together, this process will be faster,” he added.